Roddick announces retirement; Federer advances

ANDY RODDICK announced his retirement as he celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday. Meanwhile, his great Grand Slam tormentor, Roger Federer, eased into the third round of the U.S. Open.

Roddick, a former world number one, who won his only major title in New York in 2003, admitted his level was struggling to match the big three of Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and he will quit once the U.S. Open is over.

“I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament,” said Roddick, who plays Australia’s Bernard Tomic for a place in the last 32 on Friday.

“I feel it is the right time to do it. These other guys have gotten really, really good and I’m not interested in just existing on tour. I don’t want to disrespect the game by coasting home.”

Roddick lost to Federer in the Wimbledon finals of 2004, 2005 and 2009.

Federer reached the last 32 with an easy 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over Germany’s Bjorn Phau. He will next face Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.

Federer, bidding to become the first man to win six New York titles in the Open era, clinched the 90-minute match with his 15th ace after also firing 44 winners past the 32-year-old Phau, the world number 83. Noli Cruz

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