Roddick Makes another Early Exit

Roddick Makes another Early Exit

Roddick Makes another Early Exit

The U.S. Open is underway in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. and America’s best hope of winning the Men’s title is already out.  Around midnight on Wednesday, Andy Roddick bowed out of the tournament in the second round, after being defeated by Janko Tipsarevic.

Roddick’s loss was particularly disappointing because he had put so much effort into preparing for this year’s event.  After winning the 2003 U.S. Open, Roddick seemed destined to be America’s next great men’s tennis champion.  However, since the win he has faced injury and a general failure to live up the high expectations the tennis world had for him.

After being knocked out of the tournament in the third-round last year last, Roddick was determined to win the event once again this year.  Earlier in the year, he opted not to take part in the Davis Cup so that he could concentrate on preparing for the upcoming hard-court season, and the U.S. Open in particular.  After working himself into peak condition during the spring, Roddick suffered from a case of mononucleosis that was not diagnosed until August.  The illness sapped him of much of his energy throughout the summer and into August.

Roddick had face Tipsarevic twice earlier in the year, splitting the season meetings with him.  After the match, Roddick was as gracious a loser as you could be.  Tipsarevic beat Roddick easily, and Roddick knew it, meeting his opponent at the net after the match and simply telling him “Too Good.”  Roddick fell to Tipsarevic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the upset victory.


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