06 September 2012
Andy Roddick bowed out of tennis with a four-set defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round of the US Open.
Those over at BetVictor note how it wasn’t to be the fairytale ending for the American, but his final match was on home soil and on the court where he won the US Open back in 2003.
After the match, Roddick addressed the crowd and thanked them for all their support over the years: "I love you guys with all my heart. Hopefully I'll come back to this place someday and see you all again." He said.
He did manage to win the first-set, but in the end the number-seven seed Del Potro had too much for him and wrapped up the match by taking the next three-sets.
Roddick did manage to rescue a match point, something that was met with huge cheers from the crowd at Flushing Meadows, but in the end the Argentine took the match in three hours and 15 minutes.
The 30-year-old was quite clearly very emotional and he went on to say: "It was tough. Once he got up in that match it was a different set of circumstances than my previous matches.
"You start thinking about how real it is. You're thinking about matches you're playing when you're 12, I was thinking about my mom driving me to practice all over the place.”
The reason for his retirement is that, quite simply, he did not think that he was good enough to compete with the best players in the world anymore.
The records on www.betvictor.com will tell you that Roddick made five Grand Slam final appearances in his career and lost three matches at Wimbledon to Roger Federer, but is still regarded as a very talented player that was very well respected by everyone in the sport.
His opponent in the fourth round Del Potro hailed the former world number one: “He has to enjoy his life and I would like to congratulate him because he made an unbelievable career."
Roddick’s retirement now means that there are no American men that have one a Grand Slam title currently playing and that there are now only three in the top 50 in the world.