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Andy Roddick departs Wimbledon, but will he retire?


Andy Roddick of the USA waves to the crowd as he walks off court after being defeated in his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against David Ferrer of Spain on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 30, 2012 in London, England.


Clive Brunskill

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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