Andy Roddick's career was brought to a close tonight with defeat by Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round of the US Open.
It was fitting that the American's final moments in tennis should be played out on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the court where he enjoyed his biggest success when he won the title in 2003.
The match had begun yesterday before rain interrupted and for a while he looked like he might extend his career in glorious fashion with victory over the seventh seed.
They resumed in a first-set tie-break and Roddick dropped only one of the first seven points, but Del Potro levelled and from there the Argentinian was in control.
Roddick saved a match point to huge cheers from the patriotic crowd but it was not to be as Del Potro won 6-7 (1/7) 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 6-4 to set up a last-eight meeting with second seed Novak Djokovic.
In a tearful address to the crowd, Roddick said:
– Andy Roddick
For the first time in my career I'm not sure what to say.
Where do I start? Since I was a kid coming to this tournament I felt lucky just to sit where you guys are today, watch the game, see champions come and go.
I've loved every minute of it.
It's been a road - a lot of ups, downs and great moments.
I've appreciated your support along way. I haven't made it easy at times and I really appreciate it, I love you guys with all my heart.
Hopefully I will come back one day and see you all again.
Roddick's Grand Slam finals
- 2003 U.S. Open - beat Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
- 2004 Wimbledon - lost to Roger Federer, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
- 2005 Wimbledon - lost to Roger Federer, 6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
- 2006 U.S. Open - lost to Roger Federer, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
- 2009 Wimbledon - lost to Roger Federer, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14.
Roddick in profile
- Age - 30 (Aug. 30, 1982)
- Birthplace - Omaha, Nebraska.
- Residence - Austin, Texas
- Height - 6-2
- Weight - 195
- Turned Pro - 2000
- Career High Ranking - 1 (Nov. 3, 2003)
- Earnings - $20,637,390
- Singles Titles (Grand Slam) - 32 (1)
- Singles Finals (Grand Slam) - 52 (5)
- Doubles Titles - 4