2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick advanced into the round of last 16 at Flushing Meadows with a 7-5 7-6 (1) 4-6 6-4 victory over Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
The American former world no.1, who announced this week that he will be retiring from tennis after this year’s US Open, was clearly enjoying his time out there on the Artur Ashe stadium. He got off to a flying start and after breaking his opponent in the early stages, he had a big chance to close out the first set when serving at 5-3. However, Fognini wasn’t quite done yet and he fought his way back into the set, levelling the score at 5-5. But as he went on to drop his serve for the second time when serving to stay in it at 5-6, he handed Roddick the lead in the match.
Both players exchanged one break each at the beginning of the second set and after holding on to their serves with confidence for the rest of the set, a tiebreak was to be played on this spectacular show court here in New York. A-Rod, cheered on by his countless supporters, stormed to take it with 7-1 and he was with one foot in the last 16 of the tournament.
Although the Italian managed to take Roddick’s serve in the 10th game of the third set and reduce the American’s lead, the fourth set was once more all about the home crowd favourite. Roddick kept his eyes on the prize as he took the the match after exactly 3 hours of play.
Roddick will face Argentine Del Potro next, who overcame countryman Leonardo Mayer in straight sets 6-3 7-5 7-6 (9).
Delpo leads the head to head with 3-1.