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Roddick Goes Down at U.S. Open 3

Posted: September 05, 2009 10:05 PM ; Updated: September 06, 2009 1:02 AM

By Bryan Armen Graham, SI.com

NEW YORK -- The six-year drought by American men's players in Grand Slam tournaments may still be snapped at this year's U.S. Open.

But not by the most likely candidate.

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American Teen Oudin Beats Sharapova 1

Posted: September 05, 2009 6:08 PM ; Updated: September 05, 2009 6:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- She sat there in shock. Then, the tears started falling.

Believe it or not, 17-year-old Melanie Oudin is the toast of the town at the U.S. Open.

Gritting her way through a shaky third set, the 70th-ranked player from Marietta, Ga., pulled off her second upset of the Open on Saturday, defeating a more-seasoned, more-famous, more-moneyed opponent -- 29th-seeded Maria Sharapova, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

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Oudin Knocks Off Fourth-Seeded Dementieva 1

Posted: September 03, 2009 2:16 PM ; Updated: September 03, 2009 3:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The future looks bright for Melanie Oudin. Maybe for American tennis, too.

Blinking back tears and ignoring the pain, the 17-year-old from Marietta, Ga., pulled off the biggest upset so far at the U.S. Open on Thursday, a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 4 Elena Dementieva.

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Nadal and Williams Sisters Move On

Posted: September 03, 2009 12:26 AM ; Updated: September 03, 2009 1:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Venus Williams moved on, Rafael Nadal came back and Marat Safin said goodbye at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Her left knee heavily wrapped, the third-seeded Williams defeated fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-2, in a much easier match than she had two nights earlier when she fell behind a set before rallying against Russian Vera Dushevina.

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Sharapova Cruises While Safina Squeaks By

Posted: September 02, 2009 12:18 AM ; Updated: September 02, 2009 12:26 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Maria Sharapova simply couldn't bear the thought of a U.S. Open taking place without her. So while sidelined with a torn shoulder a year ago, she refused to follow the tournament on TV.

Basically pretended it wasn't even happening.

On Tuesday night, Sharapova was right where she likes to be: on the Grand Slam stage and in the spotlight. The 2006 U.S. Open champion returned to the tournament with an impressive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

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Federer Wins Marathon to Set Grand Slam Record

Posted: July 06, 2009 11:21 AM ; Updated: July 06, 2009 11:37 AM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Roger Federer was playing for history. Andy Roddick was playing the match of his life.

On and on they dueled, Federer trying for a record-breaking 15th major championship, Roddick striving for his second, in a Wimbledon final that required more games than any Grand Slam title match in the considerable annals of a sport dating to the 1800s.

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Federer Breezes to Semis, but Roddick Needs Five Sets

Posted: July 01, 2009 5:56 PM ; Updated: July 01, 2009 6:05 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Roger Federer neutralized Ivo Karlovic's huge serves Wednesday to reach the Wimbledon semifinals and move a step closer to a record 15th Grand Slam championship. Two-time finalist Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Tommy Haas completed the final four.

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