FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Â Andy Roddickâ€™s career is over. The American lost in the fourth round of the US Open on Wednesday Â to No. 7 seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 in a match spread over two days due to rain.
Roddick the 2003 US Open champion announced on Thursday, his 30th birthday, that he would retire after the US Open.
â€œAndy has been an outstanding ambassador for our sport and our country, always carrying himself with the character and class that define a champion. In addition to representing the U.S. on the world stage, he was a Davis Cup stalwart and standout. We could not be more proud of Andy and all that he has accomplished in his brilliant career, and we wish him every success and happiness in his retirement from the pro game.â€
–USTA Chairman of the Board Jon Vegosen
â€œIt was really tough moment for me and for him, also, â€œ Del Potro said about having to play Roddick. Â â€œLast point of his life.Â The crowd was amazing for both players.Â I really enjoyed in that way, but it wasn’t easy for me to play.Â I had to close the match with my serve. Â I was nervous, but he made some misses and was easier for me.Â But anyway, was an unbelievable match.
â€œI played better than my last match.Â I was really high intensity during all the match, and Andy played really well.Â I don’t know if he are pretty sure to stop to play because, in this way he’s going to be dangerous in the next tournaments for us.Â But also he retired in fantastic shape.Â It’s amazing.â€
Del Potro will play Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.