A day after surprisingly announcing the U.S. Open will be the last tournament of his career, Roddick dominated Australian teenager Bernard Tomic from start to finish Friday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium and reached the third round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory.
Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and former No. 1-ranked player, will get to play at least one more match before walking away from professional tennis. It’ll be against 59th-ranked Italian Fabio Fognini.
Roddick turned 30 on Thursday, and held a news conference to say he would quit after a season of injuries and poor results at Grand Slam tournaments. But he sure looked good against the 43rd-ranked Tomic, hitting 13 aces, including on the final point.
On the women’s side, British teen Laura Robson beat 2011 French Open winner Li Na in the third round Friday, two days after she ended the career of four-time major champ Kim Clijsters. Next up: Sam Stosur, who happens to be the defending champion.
“I have had a fairly tough draw, haven’t I?” Robson said with the smile of a player racking up confidence.
Robson, ranked 89th, had never been past the second round of a major tournament or knocked off a top 10 opponent before this year’s Open. Now she’s done both, after eliminating the ninth-seeded Li 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
Robson put her hands to her head in I-can’t-believe-this joy after the Chinese star returned her serve long on the final point.
“I have had lots of tough matches against some very experienced opponents, so the way that I see it, it was time to start winning a few of them,” Robson said.
Four-time major champ Maria Sharapova, the No. 3 seed, ended the surprise run of Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette, needing 58 minutes to win 6-1, 6-1. Fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champ, also advanced.
In earlier men’s action, defending champ Novak Djokovic beat 112th-ranked Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. Djokovic didn’t face any break points in winning in 1 hour, 39 minutes.
Two other former champs also advanced: Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt.
Fourth-seeded David Ferrer won his first two sets in 62 minutes, then needed 65 minutes to clinch the third set in a tiebreaker that went 26 points. The Spaniard beat Igor Sijsling 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (12).
NCAA champ Steve Johnson, who had played in just one Grand Slam match before this year’s Open, reached the third round with a four-set win over No. 145-ranked Ernests Gulbis.
The 22-year-old Johnson, ranked No. 245, went undefeated this season for Southern California to win his second straight NCAA title and earn a wild card into the Open.