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In fact, his recovery from two sets and match point down against David Nalbandian in the semi-finals had already done that as he displayed the never-say-die attitude essential in the all-American hero.

With a celebrity girlfriend in pop star Mandy Moore, Roddick's marketability as the next great US star is complete.

Open arrives with more futility on the menu, we asked three bygone champions: What the hell has gone wrong? First of all, it's just the basic 'you-can't-have-it-all-all-the-time' rule that applies.

When it comes to surfaces, I think those growing up on the slower clay—not only do their games translate better across other surfaces, but I think you learn the layers of the game more uniquely.

As his 23rd ace of the final won him the title, the 21-year-old looked incredulously towards his family and coach.

It was reminsicent of the day 13 years ago when a similarly fresh-faced Sampras collected his first Grand Slam title on the very same stage.

Sweden obviously went through it, Spain, and so forth and so on.

The days of American dominance seem grainy with distance; as Pete Sampras put it recently, "There's this whole audience who's only seen us on You Tube—that's how I know I'm getting old." The us, of course, is Sampras, Andre Agassi, and (grainier still) John Mc Enroe, who now ick it around on the Champions Series, a more-competitive-than-they'll-admit exhibition of graying legends. Many countries have gone through some years of real successful top-of-their-game champions, and then we see it kind of shift.

Nalbandian, who was outstanding in his fourth-round defeat of Federer and for two and a half sets against Roddick, added his name to the growing list of young players who will be battling it out for Grand Slam titles in the coming seasons.Just a year after winning the boys' trophy, he reached the quarter-finals of the senior event and finished inside the world top 20 at the age of 19.The following season, doubts began to surface over his game, with critics describing his reliance on a howitzer serve and explosive forehand as a weakness.But the men's tournament was littered with enthralling encounters throughout, which more than made up for a highly disappointing women's event.Justine Henin-Hardenne's incredible semi-final win over Jennifer Capriati was the match of the fortnight, if not the season, and no one could deny the Belgian deserved her title after some breathtaking tennis.

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