American favourite Andy Roddick saw his distinguished Tennis career come to an end after being defeated in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Roddick looked on course to extend his run at Flushing Meadow after taking the first set against Argentinean Juan Martin Del Potro, but was eventually beaten 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 by the seventh-seed, to bring an end to a career spanning more than a decade, which saw him win 32 titles, including the U.S. Open in 2003.
Roddick, a former world number one, announced at a press conference before his second-round match that he would be retiring after the tournament, but went on to win the next two matches to keep the dream of winning another U.S. Open title alive.
After taking an enthralling first set on a tie-break in just under an hour in impressive style 7-1, neither player could break their opponent, which meant the second-set would culminate the same way. However, it was Del Potro who would take the tie-break 7-4 to level the scores at one set each with nearly two hours on the clock.
These two epic sets would ultimately take their toll on Roddick, who despite hitting 20 aces, was never able to threaten the Del Potro serve, only converting one of his four break point opportunities. Roddick also hit 6 more winners than the Argentinean, but conceded 16 more unforced errors, which was to prove a key statistic.
What next then? Well, Del Potro will now face second-seed and world number two, Novak Djokovic in the Quarter-Finals. Meanwhile, Roddick has an academy that mentors the stars of the future in American Tennis and a nationally syndicated sports radio show to concentrate on. Prize money totalling more than $20 million and substantial earnings from endorsements should mean he can enjoy his retirement in some comfort. We wish him all the best.