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Fifteen years later, Connors would coach Roddick for about two years, before they parted ways. Still, the five-time U.S. Open champion, who turned 60 over the weekend, was on hand Wednesday to watch Roddick fashion his own ending.

“He’s a big boy. He’s 30 years old and he’s a U.S. Open champion,” Connors said. “I’m sure his aftereffect, when he gets away from the U.S. Open, will be a bit different. … It’s a life-changing experience.”

Associated Press Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody contributed to this report.