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Andy Roddick makes US Open his swan song

Andy Roddick says he'll retire after the US Open. Roddick is the last American man to get a Grand Slam victory, the US Open in 2003. Roddick played in four Grand Slam finals, losing to Roger Federer in each.

By Rachel CohenAssociated Press / August 31, 2012

Andy Roddick returns a shot to Rhyne Williams at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in New York. Roddick says he's ready to retire after the US Open.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


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 As Andy Roddick announced his planned retirement from tennis, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made a very unplanned departure at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

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After three days of the top players winning decisively, fifth-seeded Tsonga was upset by Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the second round in the first shock of this year's Open.

The 52nd-ranked Klizan won 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Roddick, on his 30th birthday, announced this tournament will be his last, saying he no longer felt the drive to compete at the highest level and didn't want his career to peter out.

"I don't know that I'm healthy enough or committed enough to go another year," Roddick said. "I've always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event. I have a lot of family and friends here. I've thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament. When I was playing my first round, I knew."

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Roddick, a former No. 1 ranked player, is currently No. 20 in the world. He has one Grand Slam victory, the US Open in 2003. He played in four Grand Slam finals, losing to Roger Federer in each.

On Thursday, Roger Federer breezed past 83rd-ranked Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, then paid tribute to Roddick's contribution to tennis.

"I've had some great battles with him for a long, long time," Federer said. "The Wimbledon finals come to mind, the ones we played together. He's a great, great competitor and a great champion, really."

Serena Williams, after beating Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain 6-2, 6-4 Thursday, said she knew Roddicks retirement was coming.

"He told me a while ago — last year — that this would be it," she said. "We were talking about it. I was just thinking, 'Change your mind, Andy. Change your mind.' But I guess he didn't."

Kim Clijsters also says that the US Open will be her last professional tennis tournament. She lossed her singles match Wednesday, and has only the doubles competition left before her retirement. She won four Grand Slam titles.

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