Andy Roddick bowed out of the Wimbledon third round overnight, losing 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-3 to No. 7-seeded David Ferrer of Spain.
Meanwhile, the question posed by many a media outlet was, will he or won't he announce his retirement.
His parting gesture — he blew a kiss to the appreciative crowd — was a talking point.
However, the Associated Press quoted the 30th-seeded American as saying after the match: “If I don’t have a definitive answer in my own mind, it’s going to be tough for me to articulate a definitive answer to you."
Prior to the match, Roddick, 29, had been on a seven-match winning streak.
According to ESPN, Roddick — whose 2003 US Open victory was his last Grand Slam title — was broken four times in the Center Court match.
Ferrer won a thrilling tiebreak 10-8 in the second set and relied on "relentless groundstrokes and exquisite passing shots" to seal the win, Reuters wrote.
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It is the third consecutive year — and fourth time overall — that Ferrer, a semifinalist at the French Open, has reached the third round at the All England Club, ESPN wrote, adding that he had never made it to the quarterfinals.
Roddick, 29, a three-time Wimbledon runner-up, has "grown weary of the retirement questions," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ferrer next faces Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.
"I am very happy with my game today. I showed great consistency," he said, Reuters reported. "Next time with Juan Martin will be very tough."
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