• Rivals praise Roddick as Open goodbye continues

    9/2/12 4:00 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Rivals praise Roddick as Open goodbye continues Andy Roddick hopes to continue his farewell to tennis at least into the second week of his home US Open.

    Meanwhile, Roger Federer and others have been paying tribute to the American who plans to retire from the game when his run in New York is finally done.

    Federer, who beat Roddick in three Wimbledon finals, including their last in 2009 which ended 16-14 in the fifth set, has nothing but respect for the 30-year-old American, ranked 22nd.

    "Andy was a great competitor and a great champion. We had some epic battles over the years," said the Swiss. "He truly deserves a great ovation and a great atmosphere."

    Roddick continued his run in the game as he showed full power in a three-set defeat of Australian Bernard Tomic to reach the third round.

    Longtime Roddick pal James Blake, a 32-year-old who is still in the mix at Flushing Meadows, said he watched his friend's retirement media conference before going out for a match where he beat Marcel Granollers.

    "We'll miss Andy a ton. He's been great. His career has been incredible. He's been such a stalwart in Davis Cup.

    "I can never repay him for winning me a Davis Cup, for being the anchor on that team, clinching every match that year, just about. It's a great friendship. That will continue, but we'll miss his career, his charisma on the court, his excitement, what he brought to the game."

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