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Take a bow Andy Roddick

ESPN staff
September 5, 2012
The emotion was too much for Andy Roddick's wife Brooklyn Decker © Getty Images

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Double trouble for Sharapova
Maria Sharapova might have groundstrokes that are the envy of most in the game, but her serve certainly is not. Before undergoing a shoulder operation, Sharapova had a great serve but she now does not appear to have the flexibility. And that appears to be playing on her mind as despite edging past Marion Bartoli to reach the semi-finals, she sent down 11 double faults.

Flying start
Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro came out after their overnight rain delay to face a tiebreak. With it being effectively a shootout, it was key to start fast. And start fast Roddick did. A fine return worked a miniebreak and he took another with a chip and charge. Winners flew off his racket and when a forehand flashed down the line he had wrapped up the set in four minutes.

Delpo's drop shot
Juan Martin Del Potro faced a big player on a big stage. In taking on Andy Roddick on Ashe, he was up against the 2003 champion with home support. He knew it was potentially Roddick's last game. As it turned out it was. It did not look that way as Roddick took the opening tiebreak, but the Argentine kept his cool and mixed his usual booming forehands with some nifty drop shots. Time and again through the final three sets, he drew Roddick in before burning him with a passing shot. It was an excellent change of dimension from the power player.

Take a bow ARod
"For the first time in my career I am not sure what to say," was how Andy Roddick started his first interview since heading into retirement. He was beaten in four sets by Juan Martin Del Potro and it was fitting that he bowed out on Arthur Ashe Stadium. He won the US Open title in 2003, one of 32 career titles. It's been a superb ride and he deserves to enjoy his retirement. " I'm probably not going to be opposed to a beer or ten."

Novak's cold dog
Novak Djokovic has been the dominant force in tennis in the past 18 months, but he is currently behind Roger Federer in the world rankings and he is most definitely behind him in the hot dog department. Federer has mastered the art of the through the legs shot, Djokovic has work to do. He made an attempt during the second set of his win over Stanislas Wawrinka, but was left with only a half-smile on his face after letting the ball bounce too low and sending it scuttling along the floor and into the net.

Bully boy Berdych
Tomas Berdych upset five-time champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer in a stunning display of pwer hitting. The Czech bullied Federer, hitting flat groundstokes to keep the arsenal at Federer's disposal useless. Unfortunately for the chair umpire of the match, a Berdych return - hit with some vigour - flew wide of the mark and crashed into his shoulder.

Fed still got it
Though he lost the match, Federer showed why he is one of the greats of the game during a brief fightback in the third set. The Swiss pulled off the shot of the match with a flicked backhand cross-court winner which sent Berdych sprawling in attempt to reach the ball. The superb stroke was made all the more impressive give the shot was played behind Federer's body two yards behind the baseline.

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