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Miami Master Roddick relishes Wimbledon return

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Andy Roddick is targeting Wimbledon for his next serious crack at grand slam glory
  • Roddick lost a classic five-set final to Roger Federer in the 2009 championship
  • World number seven Roddick showed he is in fine form by winning the Miami Masters

(CNN) -- Andy Roddick is on a hot streak and looking forward to returning to Wimbledon where his five-set heroics against Roger Federer in last year's final earned him a special place in the hearts of tennis fans everywhere.

World number seven Roddick made a slow start to the year, but came to life in the American hard court season by reaching the final of the Masters 1000 tournament at Indian Wells, then going one better in Miami, beating Tomas Berdych in the final, having dispatched Rafael Nadal in the semis.

The standard bearer for American men's tennis is working hard to add to his single grand slam triumph at the U.S. Open in 2003, flourishing under coach Larry Stefanki, with his spectacular run at last year's Wimbledon proof of his progress.

Dispatching old nemesis Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals, he ended home hopes with a semifinal victory over Andy Murray before his fourth meeting against Federer in a grand slam final.

It proved a remarkable match, decided by a record 30-game fifth set in which Swiss maestro Federer eventually prevailed 16-14.

Roddick told CNN he took comfort in the reception he received from fans after the clash.

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"It was cool coming home, tennis has to fight really hard to get a headline. And it seemed like that's what people were talking about for a good week or 10 days afterwards which was a first for my career. The positives outweigh the negatives," he said.

The experience has left Roddick keen to return to the London-based tournament.

"I think I will be excited to go back. I think I will be a little bit nervous -- I am just glad people enjoyed it," he added.

I think I will be excited to go back. I think I will be a little bit nervous -- I am just glad people enjoyed it
--Andy Roddick
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Coaching guru Nick Bollettieri is impressed with the changes Roddick has made to his game to keep pace with the best in the world and his overall commitment.

"He loves to compete," he told CNN.

"He doesn't go out and feel sorry for himself he goes out and he works. He is improving, he has improved. He knew he had to improve that backhand, he knew he had to improve his physical fitness."

Bollettieri also puts down Roddick's revival to his well-publicized marriage to Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker last year.

"He got married, he's much calmer. Andy Roddick is a good role model just like Hewitt was a good role model for Australia. If you want a couple of guys in your foxhole you want Agassi, you want Hewitt and Roddick. They are fighters," he added.

Roddick will now campaign on his un favored clay, where his best performance was reaching the last 16 of the French Open last year, then turning his attentions to grass, playing at the pre-Wimbledon tournament at Queen's Club which he has won five times before another crack at glory at SW19.