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Nikolay Davydenko

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NEW YORK — Andy Roddick is out of the U.S. Open, and lately when Roddick is eliminated from a major tournament, it's the end of American men in the draw.

But there was 19th-seeded Mardy Fish on Thursday, gliding around the Louis Armstrong Stadium court, using his sweet touch, able to time his volleys, willing to change the pace on his groundstrokes. Combined with a late-career decision to become supremely fit, the 28-year-old Fish looks rejuvenated, especially after his 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Pablo Cuevas in his second-round match.

In a much different way, 30-year-old James Blake, who thought about retiring after Wimbledon, feeling his sore knees and spirit were broken,...