Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Andy Roddick announced last week
he would end his tennis career at the 2012 U.S. Open, and Juan Martin del
Potro sent the American packing in a fourth-round affair Wednesday at the USTA
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The seventh-seeded del Potro came from behind to beat the 20th-seeded Roddick
6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in a match that was
suspended because of rain on Tuesday night.
Roddick snuck out a first-set tiebreak against del Potro, but the towering
Argentine rebounded by taking a second-set tiebreak, which appeared to take a
lot of energy out of the outgoing American slugger.
It was all del Potro in the third set and that momentum carried over into the
fourth, as the Argentine ultimately cruised to victory at the world's largest
The match was over in 3 hours, 15 minutes, as the big-serving Roddick swatted
20 aces in his final outing, but had his serve broken four times, compared to
only one break by the American.
The 23-year-old del Potro improved to 4-1 lifetime against Roddick.
The former world No. 1 Roddick captured his lone Grand Slam title at the 2003
U.S. Open and was the 2006 runner-up to Roger Federer in New York. Roddick
also succumbed to Federer in three Wimbledon finals, including their epic
five-set battle at the All England Club in 2009, when the Swiss finally
prevailed in a 30-game fifth set.
The Nebraska native/Texas resident Roddick announced his impending retirement
on the day of his 30th birthday last week.
Roddick, who failed to reach a major quarterfinal this year, ends his career
with 32 titles in 52 finals and is the second-winningest American in Davis Cup
singles history, behind only the legendary John McEnroe. Prior to Wednesday,
Roddick was second only to Federer among active players in career match wins,
The crowd favorite Roddick went 43-12 in Flushing.
"For the first time in my career I'm not sure what to say," a tearful Roddick
said on the court after falling to del Potro. "I've loved every minute of it."
"It's been a road with a lot of ups and a lot of downs," Roddick added. "I
love you guys with all my heart."
Roddick went on to thank his family, including his mom and dad, and his
The 6-foot-6 Del Potro stunned Federer in the final in Flushing three years
ago, halting a 40-match U.S. Open win streak by the Swiss great.
The 2009 U.S. Open champion del Potro is rewarded with a quarterfinal bout
against reigning champion and two-time U.S. Open runner-up Novak Djokovic, who
was an easy winner on Day 10 of the Big Apple fortnight.
The second-seeded recent world No. 1 star Djokovic won his 11th straight match
in Flushing with a 6-4, 6-1, 3-1 spanking of 18th-seeded Swiss Stanislas
Wawrinka, who appeared ill and decided to retire in the third set. The match
was suspended by rain Tuesday night, with the formidable Serb leading 2-0
in the first set. Rain also disrupted play on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Djokovic got past Wawrinka in 1 hour, 33 minutes.
The five-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic captured his first U.S. Open title
last year by handling former winner Rafael Nadal in a 1-versus-2 finale at
the National Tennis Center. The Serb also stopped the Spaniard in this year's
epic Australian Open finale, while Nadal beat Djokovic in the French Open
final in June.
Also on Day 10 in New York, Djokovic's eighth-seeded fellow Serb Janko
Tipsarevic dismissed 19th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7-5),
6-2 to reach the U.S. Open round of eight for a second straight year.
Tipsarevic-Kohlschreiber was also suspended because of rain on Tuesday, with
the Serb leading 5-2 in the opening set.
Tipsarevic is rewarded with a quarterfinal match against fourth-seeded
fellow grinder David Ferrer of Spain.
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