US Open: Andy Roddick says farewell as big guns move on

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick bid a tearful farewell to tennis after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round of the US Open on Wednesday, while Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were all smiles after cruising into the next round.

Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova both dug themselves out of trouble to stay alive, and Italian Sara Errani booked a spot in the women's semi-finals by beating compatriot Roberta Vinci.

Roddick, the face of US men's tennis for most of the past decade, was sent into retirement after losing 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-4 to Argentine del Potro.

I've loved every minute of it, the 2003 U.S. Open champion told the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It's been a road, a lot of ups, a lot of downs, a lot of great moments.

Djokovic was in complete control of his fourth round match against Stanislas Wawrinka, leading 6-4 6-1 3-1, when the Swiss called it quits in one of five matches that were held over from Tuesday because of rain.

I really don't know exactly what it was but by the look of it, I think it was probably a dizziness or something, said Djokovic, the only man yet to drop a set in the tournament.

He served well, he played well, but you could see that he didn't feel great on the court.

Sharapova needed all her fighting qualities to come from behind and beat Marion Bartoli of France 3-6 6-3 6-4 and reach the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows for the first time since she won in 2006.

Bartoli led 4-0 overnight and wrapped up the first set when play finally resumed after another morning shower but Sharapova regained her composure to win the next two and book a semi-final date with world number one Victoria Azarenka.

It's so long since I've been back to this stage at the U.S. Open. A little bit of luck always helps, the Russian said.

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