Heartbreaking Photos From The Final Loss Of Andy Roddick’s Tennis Career

After announcing that he would retire following the U.S. Open, Andy Roddick was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro in the tournament’s fourth round.

1. Roddick took the first set in a tiebreaker and lost the second set in a tiebreaker. Del Potro steamrolled the last two, 6-2, 6-4.

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2. Roddick is the last American to win a Grand Slam event — he won the U.S. Open in 2003.

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3. He’s also reached four other Grand Slam finals: Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and the U.S. Open in 2006. Roger Federer beat him each time.

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4. Roddick’s also the most recent tennis #1 not named Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic; he held the honor from 11/3/03 to 2/1/04.

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5. Here, he exchanges words with del Potro, who will advance to face Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

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6. In the stands, Roddick’s wife, model Brooklyn Decker, looked on.

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7. She was sad.

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8. Happy trails, Andy Roddick.

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9. Here’s his touching interview following the match. “One thing I’m not scared about retirement is the people I go home to.”

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