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30 Days tennis | Day 6 : Your most memorable match. 

-2003 Australian Open quarterfinal, Andy roddick Vs. Younes El Aynaoui.

I will never forget this match. I knew who El Aynaoui was but I had no idea who was this Roddick. I remember my brother was referring to him as “ Ce jeune americain” (this young american)

In a match lasting almost five hours, Andy Roddick beat Younes El Aynaoui 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19.

The fifth set lasted more than two hours, and after a long rally, both winded players handed their racquets to the ball kids, where they went on to play a point, giving Roddick and El Aynaoui time to recover. A lot of respect was shown during this match, and the two embraced in a hug once the match was over.

This match later became a breakthrough for Roddick, reaching his first major semifinal. 

You can watch the highlights here, believe me you won’t regret it.

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I will never forget spending an entire afternoon (it lasted over 5 hours) sitting in my dorm room my freshman year of college watching this match and almost having about 500 heart attacks.