9/3/12 4:19 AM | Cheryl Murray
Andy Roddick's career will include at least one more match as the American defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini to advance to the fourth round in New York.
The crowd was delighted to cheer Andy Roddick on to a 7-5, 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 victory, with hopes that they'll be able to cheer their champion on into next week. The veteran announced his retirement from tennis at the end of the US Open, which will now extend at least into the round of 16.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the match was that Fognini actually out-aced Roddick. The Italian, who is best known as a clay courter, sent 15 aces past the American. While Roddick, who has made a career of serving huge, only hit 10.
Roddick was able to squeak out the first two sets, though Fognini seemed to be dominating play much of the time. The American snagged the second service break just as the set appeared headed for a tiebreaker. The Italian also played well in the second set, but completely botched the tiebreaker to give Roddick a two-set lead.
Fognini managed to grab the third set, thanks to better returning of the Roddick serve, but he ran out of gas in the fourth set.
Roddick will face his biggest test of the tournament in the fourth round when he faces Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro.
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