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Roddick not ready for rocking chair

Women's bracket

Fourth round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship Semifinals Quarterfinals Fourth round
V. Azarenka (1) T. Pironkova
Sunday Today
A. Tatishvili Ivanovic (12)
Tuesday Wednesday
L. Robson A. Hlavackova
6-4, 6-4 S. Stosur (7) Today
S. Stosur (7) S. Williams (4)
Friday Sat., 8 p.m., Ch. 10 Friday
M. Sharapova (3) A. Kerber (6)
Sunday Today
N. Petrova (19) S. Errani (10)
Tuesday Wednesday
M. Bartoli (11) R. Vinci (20)
Sunday Today
P. Kvitova (5) A. Radwanska (2)

Men's bracket

Fourth round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship Semifinals Quarterfinals Fourth round
R. Federer (1) J. Tipsarevic (8)
Today Tuesday
M. Fish (23) Isner/ Kohlschreiber
Wednesday Thursday
N. Almagro (11) R. Gasquet (13)
Today Tuesday
T. Berdych (6) D. Ferrer (4)
Saturday Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Ch. 10 Saturday
A. Murray (3) J.M. Del Potro (7)
Today Tuesday
M. Raonic (15) A. Roddick (20)
Wednesday Thursday
M. Cilic (12) S. Wawrinka (18)
Today Tuesday
M. Klizan N. Djokovic (2)

NEW YORK — Knowing full well each match could be his last, Andy Roddick is putting on a show while soaking up every moment along the way.

So when he pounded a forehand passing shot to seize a 20-stroke point Sunday, Roddick thrust both arms overhead, motioning to the full house of U.S. Open spectators to make even more noise. Moments later, after hitting a winning volley, Roddick wagged his index finger while chugging to the baseline.

Roddick, 30, is having a grand old time at his retirement party, and he's not done yet.

Winning a second consecutive match since announcing the U.S. Open will be the last tournament of his career, 2003 champ Roddick is sticking around a little longer after beating Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4.

"I'd be an idiot not to use the crowd right now. It's a huge advantage," Roddick said. "Each match is almost like it's another memory."

What comes next could really be memorable. In the fourth round Tuesday, the last American man to win a Grand Slam title will face 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (11-9).

"I'm going to have to serve well, kind of try to rush him a little bit," Roddick said about del Potro. "When he gets into a groove and has time, he'll put a hurt on the ball."

Looking ahead himself, del Potro wasn't about to get too sentimental about Roddick's impending departure from tennis. "I know this is special, this day, for him, but I'm doing my job," said the seventh-seeded del Potro, whose major trophy is the only one of the past 30 that wasn't won by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

"The crowd loves Andy here," del Potro said, "and they have respect (for) me."

Djokovic, the defending champion, beat No. 31 Julien Benneteau in straight sets and will meet No. 18 Stanislas Wawrinka. Also advancing: No. 4 David Ferrer, who got past Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (11-9), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and now meets No. 13 Richard Gasquet, who eliminated Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-3.

In women's action, defending champion Sam Stosur, a Tampa resident, returned to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 18-year-old Laura Robson, whose breakthrough run included wins against past major champions Kim Clijsters and Li Na.

Stosur hasn't dropped a set in what has been a fairly low-profile tournament for her. "It's just different pressure, but I wouldn't say it's any worse," said Stosur, who will face top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Anna Tatishvili.

Also, Marion Bartoli upset fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova 1-6, 6-2, 6-0, and No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova rallied in the third set to overcome No. 19 Nadia Petrova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

.Fast facts

U.S. Open

today's featured matches

Men: No. 1 Roger Federer vs. No. 23 Mardy Fish, No. 3 Andy Murray vs. No. 15 Milos Raonic, No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. No. 11 Nicolas Almagro

Women: No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. No. 20 Roberta Vinci, No. 4 Serena Williams vs. Andrea Hlavackova, No. 6 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 10 Sara Errani,

Roddick not ready for rocking chair 09/02/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 11:02pm]
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