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01:33 PM ET 08.06 | He was showered with applause before he even struck a ball. Andy Roddick applauded in return, turning to all sides of the stadium court Wednesday night [in Washington, D.C.] to salute the tennis fans who were saluting him as he strode out for his first match since the heart-rending loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last month. Earlier in the week, Roddick was asked whether he felt tennis fans had a good understanding of who he was -- and whether he felt his performance at Wimbledon had changed that. "I've pretty much been portrayed as every single thing that you can," Roddick mused. "[I've been] the new eager guy. They tried to turn me into Zac Efron. Then you're the punk. Then you're the has-been. Then you're the guy who's just somewhere in the middle and blends in. Then you're -- after Wimbledon -- the Andy-every-guy who people are cheering for all the sudden. And all the meat and potatoes of who I am hasn't really changed much. "But I'll take the good coverage when it's there," he added, "because I know it's fleeting."

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