It would have been a storybook ending -- the former world's No. 1 men's tennis player Andy Roddick announced on his 30th birthday that he'd retire following this week's U.S. Open, and it looked like he might win the damned thing. Rafael Nadal had exited the tournament because of a knee injury, and Roddick was on the verge of the quarterfinals and a shot at his longtime nemesis Roger Federer.
The storybook got slammed shut at this Grand Slam, though. After a lengthy rain delay, Roddick lost in the fourth round Wednesday to Juan Martin del Potro. I don't know about you, but whenever I hear the name "Juan Martin del Porro", I think of a Peruvian saint who carries a broom and is followed by a dog.
Roddick lost his final match at the U.S. Open Wednesday after the match was delayed Tuesday night, tied 1-1. He went on to lose to the 23-year-old del Potro in four sets, 6-7 (7-1), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4.
Despite being ranked No. 1 in the world from mid-2003 to early 2004, Roddick had only ever won one Grand Slam tournament -- this very U.S. Open where his career ended, back in 2003. He remains the youngest American to ever hold the world No. 1 ranking, accomplishing the feat at 21 years old.
Even more impressively, Roddick is married to that hot blonde pictured to the right, swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker. Legend has it that Roddick was "just paging through" a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2007, saw Ms. Decker, and told his agent to call her agent and set up a meeting. The meeting was indeed set up, and the two were married in 2009.
Apparently, yes -- it is just that easy to hook up with a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Dude, just call your agent and have him hook everything up!
Roddick and Ms. Decker appeared in a film together, the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy "Just Go With It". I really would not recommend watching that movie -- just take my word that Ms. Decker can't act, and Andy Roddick only shows up for a minute at the end.
Though Roddick lost, he received a huge ovation from the crowd afterward for all the memories. While he only ever won a single Grand Slam tournament in 2003, he also won a Davis Cup, and spent nine consecutive years (2001-2009) ranked in the world's top ten.
It won't get any easier for Juan Martin del Porto, who now faces No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic in tomorrow's quarterfinals. Roger Federer and Andy Murray are also still alive at the U.S. Open, with the Finals scheduled for Sunday. Every single swing, bounce, and grunt is being broadcast live online for free at USOpen.org.
Andy Roddick loses at US Open, career finished