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Pressure to win too much for Roddick at Wimbledon

Andy Roddick's unabashed passion to win turned out to be his endgame. So desperate to capture the Wimbledon title, he simply choked away his second-round encounter versus Janko Tipsarevic.

Updated: June 27, 2008, 6:37 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- You can blast Andy Roddick for not executing on break points. You can dissect his backhand and critique his movement. But the one thing Roddick can't be faulted for is his desire. It's one of his greatest assets and, at times, one of his most glaring vulnerabilities.

Emotion is what soaked into the balls and scuffed up the fuzz Thursday, making them heavier and heavier as Roddick staggered into the fourth set of his match with Serbia's tireless Janko Tipsarevic. ...

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