Andy Roddick's tennis career has ended following his 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4 loss to Juan Martin Del Potro on Wednesday in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Open. Roddick had previously said that he would retire at the end of the tournament.
Roddick won the first set after play resumed following Tuesday night's delay, but Roddick wasn't as sharp overall on Wednesday as he was Tuesday. In the second set neither player had a break point, but Del Potro took a tight tiebreaker. The seventh-ranked Del Potro took over in the third set and Roddick showed his age losing 6-2 in just 28 minutes. Roddick was able to put up a fight in the fourth, but it was too little too late and Del Potro closed the match out. Del Potro will now advance to face Novak Djokovic who dispatched Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets. No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic topped Philipp Kohlschreiber in the other fourth round match of the day.
Roddick retires after a career in which he won only one major, the 2003 U.S. Open, though he did reach four other Grand Slam finals.
In the night session, No. 1 seed Roger Federer was eliminated by No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7-1) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Berdych will face Andy Murray in Saturday's semifinal round. The Scot rallied from a set and a break down to defeat Croatian Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-0.
On the women's side No. 3 Maria Sharapova rallied to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 over No. 11 Marion Bartoli after trailing 0-4 following Tuesday's delay. No. 10 Sara Errani defeated No. 20 Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-4 in another quarterfinal.
Friday's women's semifinals will pit Sharapova against Victoria Azarenka, while Errani will meet Serena Williams, who rolled over Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-3 Wednesday night.
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