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Roddick to reporter: YOU should retire

Andy Roddick lost to Kevin Anderson 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the China Open on Monday. But the 29-year-old American wasn't going to leave Beijing without putting his trademark "Andy Roddick" stamp on the event.

During the postmatch news conference, a reporter asked this of the 15th-ranked player in the world:

"Andy, I remember you said that if your ranking dropped to a specific place you would retire. How far do you think your current position is from that spot? As for retirement, who do you think, [Roger] Federer or you would retire earliest?"

Roddick gave it some thought and responded, "I think that you should retire." Then, amid laughter and applause, Roddick got up and left. That's about as close to a "mic drop" as you'll see in a press conference.

Here's video of the exchange. Note Roddick's slow burn as the question gets asked:

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