Roddick retires on Del Potro defeat as Sharapova soars into US Open semi finals

ARGENTINA’S Juan Martin del Potro last night ended the career of Andy Roddick with a hard-fought four set victory in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

That Roddick retired at the scene of his finest hour – Arthur Ashe Stadium where he won the 2003 grand slam title – was perhaps rather fitting but despite him threatening Del Potro when winning the opening set, Roddick’s resilience was gradually broken over the course of a high quality 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4 win for the big-serving seventh seed.

In the women’s tournament, the third seed Maria Sharapova made the final four after defeating France’s Marion Bartoli 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and admitted that she had benefitted from the substantial break in play brought by Tuesday’s rain.

“The rain break gave me a few hours to think about things,” said Sharapova, who faces Belarusian top seed Victoria Azarenka next.

“I came out so flat [before]. She’s so tough and she was on fire. It’s not a good feeling to come into a match knowing that you’re down 0-4. It was a tough position to be in. But I’m so thrilled to get back to the semi-finals.”

Sharapova won the first two games upon the resumption of play but despite Bartoli regardless securing the opening set, the Russian nervelessly completed her comeback to reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time since her 2006 slam victory.