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U.S. Open Tennis 2012: Andy Roddick Advances In Straight Sets

While Kansas resident Jack Sock has drawn headlines at the 2012 U.S. Open as the next great hope of American tennis, one of the players who used to hold that title -- Andy Roddick -- is hoping to show that he isn't part of the past just yet.

The 29-year-old Roddick, best known for winning the U.S. Open back in 2003, was able to advance out of the second round in routine fashion on Tuesday, defeating fellow American Rhyne Williams, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Roddick happened to come of age during a golden era of men's tennis, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic scooping up nearly every major championship with well-rounded games that Roddick, a serving specialist, has had difficulty matching.

The American will be cheered by the crowds in Flushing Meadows as the tournament continues, but it will likely take more than a victory over the unknown Williams to change the perception that his time among the sport's elite has passed.

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