The Comeback Kid
Sept. 6, 2003 - On the verge of losing in straight sets, Andy Roddick staged an amazing comeback in the semifinals at the U.S. Open. After dropping the first two sets to Argentina's David Nalbandian, Roddick rallied to win, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Down 6-5 in the third-set tiebreaker, Roddick saved match point with a service winner against the 13th-seeded Nalbandian. He then won the tiebreaker, 9-7.
"The turning point was the third-set tiebreaker," Roddick said. "To come through like that gave me a bit of new life. I was pretty much almost down and out, so I didn't really have much pressure on me. I just decided to go for it."
Roddick set a career high with 38 aces in the 3½-hour match.
The next day, Roddick defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets to win his first Grand Slam title.
Odds 'N' Ends
At Boca Prep in Boca Raton, Fla., he played varsity basketball along with future Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish.