Roddick's ranking on the rise with U.S. Open run

Andy Roddick got a much closer glimpse of the summit than he's had in a while. Bonnie DeSimone writes how Roddick, teamed with Jimmy Connors, is already looking forward to 2007.

Updated: September 11, 2006, 10:20 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It wasn't quite a worst-to-first odyssey, but Andy Roddick's journey between last year's U.S. Open and this year's edition was epic nonetheless.

Roddick's runner-up finish here culminated two months of concerted effort that helped him pull out of the rut he'd been in for most of the season, and represented a U-turn from last year's embarrassing first-round loss.

"Closing the gap from where I was earlier this year, you know, it was like the Grand Canyon," ...

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