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Roddick looks forward to another battle of the Andys

MOST of the talk at Wimbledon has been about the likelihood of a final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray. It turns out another Andy is also making a strong title run.

Andy Roddick overcame former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 late on Wednesday to set up a semifinal matchup against Murray. Five-time champion Federer will meet German veteran Tommy Haas in the other semifinal today.

This is Roddick's best showing at Wimbledon since 2005, when he lost in the final to Federer for the second year in a row. He lost in the third round in 2006, the quarterfinals in 2007 and second round last year.

Roddick served 43 aces against Hewitt in a 3-hour, 50-minute match that swung back and forth until the American got the decisive break for a 5-4 lead in the fifth set, converting his second chance with an easy forehand into the open court.

"It certainly wasn't short on drama," Roddick said. "It was tough from a mental standpoint because Lleyton wasn't going away and there were a lot of ebbs and flows to the match. I'm just happy to be on the good side of it."

When it was all over, Roddick let out a sigh and raised a fist, then threw his racket down, sat in his changeover chair and covered his face with his hands.

"It's a mixture of happiness, of relief," Roddick said. "In your mind, you're kind of trying to stay the course for four hours, constantly figuring out what you're going to do. Your mind is just racing for four hours. So then it's relief, happiness and almost kind of an instant shutdown mode."

Roddick knows he will be battling more than just Murray in his next match. Scotland's Murray, who swept Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, is bidding to become the first British player to win the men's title since Fred Perry in 1936.

"I'm looking forward to it," Roddick said. "We might be able to count the people for me on this (one) hand. But I think it will be something to remember. I think the crowd's going to be electric. I think it's going to be a great atmosphere, one that I can certainly appreciate, even if it's not for me.

"I'm just going to pretend when they say, 'Come on, Andy' that they mean me."

Murray holds a 6-2 edge against Roddick, including a win at Wimbledon in 2006.

"Andy has been playing great," Roddick said. "He's certainly come into his own as a player. He's certainly capable of hitting all the shots. He doesn't really have a lot of weaknesses."

Murray, meanwhile, said he is trying to ignore the hoopla and just focus on his tennis.

"I realize that if I don't bring my best game then I'm going to lose to guys like Hewitt or Roddick," said Murray.


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