Andy Roddick lost to Juan Martin Del Potro on Wednesday afternoon, 6-7(1), 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4, bringing an end to the career of the popular 30-year old American. Roddick stated he would retire following the 2012 U.S. Open Tennis Championship.
If this was going to be Andy Roddick's final match of his career, then it's fitting it was against someone like Juan Martin Del Potro, a player that matches up well with Roddick's strengths and provided an evenly-contested match that turned out to be immensely entertaining..
No. 7 Del Potro rebounded from a first-set loss to take the second and third sets, gaining momentum with each game won and was clearly dominating Roddick in the third. The American appeared to be tiring as the match wore on after an aggressive approach to the first set, with Roddick storming back in the opening of the fourth.
With the crowd cheering him on, knowing this might be the last chance to see him play, Roddick's emotional approach to the game was on full display with each point won and lost. Unfortunately, Roddick was unable to keep Del Portro from pulling away as he was clearly tiring with each progressive game, despite the emotional charge the crowd and possible end to his career would give him.
Roddick would be undone by 46 unforced errors, compared to just 31 for Del Potro, and his inability to take advantage of several wide open point opportunities in the crucial fourth set.