2006 US OPEN
ANDY RODDICK v MIKHAIL YOUZHNY
Andy Roddick saw off Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-finals of the US Open on Saturday to set up a final against defending champion Roger Federer.
It was no easy task for Roddick to beat the unseeded Russian.
Youzhny was still playing inspired tennis like he did when he beat second seeded Nadal in the quarters.
After dropping the first set, Roddick could have been in serious jeopardy.
But the recent coaching from Jimmy Connors really seemed to help him retain his focus and his gameplan.
Then after getting wiped out in the second set, it was Youzhny that showed his toughness by taking the third set to a tiebreak.
But after Roddick won the tiebreak, the Russian finally began to tire and Roddick was able to step into his shots more to take control of the match. This match proved that Roddick could overcome being behind in a match and keep his concentration.
This was perfect preparation for his next opponent in the finals; Roger Federer.
Win or lose in the finals, Roddick's comeback after struggling for most of the year has been intriguing and really showed insight into his determination to be great.