Tennis: Tearful Roddick bows out, Djokovic into last 8
NEW YORK (AFP) - Tearful Andy Roddick said goodbye to the United States (US) Open, New York and his career on Wednesday in an emotional Flushing Meadows fourth-round defeat to Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro.
The 30-year-old, the last American man to win a Grand Slam title when he won the US Open in 2003, had already said this would be the last tournament of a 12-year career which yielded 32 trophies.
It also brought him the world number one spot, as well as three heart-breaking Wimbledon runner-up finishes, before his prospects at a permanent place at the top table were swept away by Roger Federer, Rafaal Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
"I've loved every minute of it - for the first time in my career I'm not sure what to say," said Roddick, who was in tears as was wife Brooklyn in the stands while he addressed the crowd after his 6-7 (7/1), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-4 loss.