Catch Andy Roddick at the U.S. Open today? After saying last Thursday that this U.S. Open would be his last, Roddick has looked great on his victory run—and today's third-round match against Fabio Fognini was as entertaining as anything you'll see during the tournament (minus any Novak Djovovic match, of course). Roddick won a four-set victory, 7-5, 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4, although his on-court performance may have been overshadowed by a crazy back-to-the-net, between-the-legs shot by Fognini in the fourth set.
Two things we were struck by while watching: 1. The crowd noise. Roddick couldn't have picked a better tournament to announce his retirement. It's a ridiculously pro-Roddick crowd in Flushing Meadows, so much so that Roddick looked on the verge of tears several times today:
"I'm trying to keep my emotions together, all the while trying to appreciate this tournament. You guys have just made it so special," Roddick told the fans during an on-court interview at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I'm just enjoying it. I love this place, and I love all of you, and I'm having a blast."
And 2. CBS wisely cut to Roddick's wife, Brooklyn Decker, or Fognini's girlfriend, the model Svetoslava Simeonova, after pretty much every shot. It bordered on gratuitous. (Not that anyone was complaining.)