Andy Roddick, following the conclusion of his match against Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2012 U.S. Open Tennis Championship, addressed the crowd of cheering and tearful fans. Roddick announced earlier in the tournament that it would be his last, opting to retire after his U.S. Open run came to an end.
Roddick lost to Del Potro, 6-7(1), 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4, in the Men's Round of 16 in an entertaining match that saw Roddick give it his all to extend his career for one more round. The popular American was aggressive early yet appeared to tire as the match progressed and failed to take advantage of prime opportunities in the crucial fourth set to take back control of the match.
Del Potro would state after the match how thankful he was for the respect shown by the crowd and by Roddick in what was an incredibly emotional moment for all involved. Afterward, Roddick was handed the microphone and addressed the crowd with a tearful yet thankful goodbye.
This is what he had to say:
Here's video of the ovation Roddick received following the conclusion of the match.