In a relatively surprising move, Roddick announced on his 30th birthday the U.S. Open would be his final tournament. The 2003 Open champ went on to win two more matches over Bernard Tomic and Fabio Fognini, but ran into big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round. After carrying U.S. men's tennis as a regular in the top 10 for more than a decade, Roddick ends his career as a former No. 1 with 32 singles titles and a match record of 612-213. Here are some other memorable moments through the years at the U.S. Open.
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Sept. 10, 2011
Novak Djokovic came into the Open amid a historic year, after winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and taking No. 1 for the first time in his career. Djokovic was the favorite entering his semifinal matchup vs. Roger Federer, but after losing the first two sets it seemed an improbable comeback. He battled back to force a fifth set, but faced two match points on Federer's serve. The Djoker went for broke on a cross-court forehand return winner that shook the tennis world. "The forehand return, I cannot explain to you because I don't know how it happened," Djokovic said. "I read his serve and I was on the ball and I had to hit it hard, and it got in, luckily for me." He would save those two match points, go on to win the match and the title over Rafael Nadal.
3 of 18Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 13, 2010
For the third straight year, the men's final was pushed to Monday. All it meant was one more day for Rafael Nadal to wait to get his career Grand Slam. No. 1 Nadal beat No. 3 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to win his first U.S. Open and ninth overall major title. He became the seventh man to win the career Grand Slam and has a chance at a Rafa Slam, winning four straight majors (though not in a calendar year), at the 2011 Australian Open.
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Sept. 12, 2009
In a bizarre finish to a closely contested semifinal, Serena Williams is called for a foot fault on a second serve while trailing Kim Clijsters, 4-6, 5-6, 15-30. The call gives Clijsters a match point. Williams disagrees, angrily confronting the lineswoman who made the call. After a discussion between Williams, the lineswoman, the chair umpire and the tournament referee, it is ruled that Williams' outburst earns her a code violation. The code violation is Williams' second of the match and results in a point penalty that hands Clijsters the game and, with it, the set and the match.
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Sept. 8, 2008
In the first Monday final since 1987, Roger Federer defeats Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. The victory is the fifth consecutive U.S. Open title for Federer, an Open Era record (for a man or woman) at the U.S. Open. The five titles tie Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras for the most by a man at the U.S. Open in the Open Era.
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Sept. 7, 2005
In a quarterfinal match that starts at 10:16 p.m., Andre Agassi defeats James Blake 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(6). After the match during his live on-court interview, Agassi says, "One-fifteen in the morning? 20,000 people still here. I wasn't the winner, tennis was."
7 of 18Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 8, 2002
Pete Sampras defeats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to capture his fifth U.S. Open title and his 14th career Grand Slam title in his final professional match.
8 of 18Heinz Kluetmeier/SI
Sept. 8, 2001
Venus Williams wins her second U.S. Open title, beating sister Serena 6-2, 6-4 in the first all-sister U.S. Open final in the first ever prime-time Grand Slam singles final.
9 of 18Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 5, 1996
Defending champion and No. 1 seed Pete Sampras, fighting off fatigue and becoming ill on court, outlasts Alex Corretja 7-6(5), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(7) in the quarters in one of the most dramatic U.S. Open matches ever.
10 of 18Manny Millan/SI
Sept. 12, 1992
In the semifinals, Stefan Edberg and Michael Chang play what is believed to be the longest match in the history of the U.S. Open. The No. 2-seeded Edberg needs 5 hours, 26 minutes to defeat Chang, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.
11 of 18Bob Thomas/Getty Images
Sept. 2, 1991
Jimmy Connors turns 39 years old and comes back from a 2-5 fifth-set deficit to beat Aaron Krickstein 3-6, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. Says Connors of his heroic efforts, "I've either got to be nuts or else I love the game more than I thought I did. For me to pull off another stunt like this, I mean, how can you not laugh about it? Seriously."
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Sept. 10, 1988
Steffi Graf becomes the third woman to complete the Grand Slam, defeating Gabriela Sabatini in the women's final, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Graf also won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics for a "Golden Slam."
13 of 18Manny Millan/SI
Sept. 8, 1984
Now this was a Super Saturday. All four matches played on stadium court go the distance: Stan Smith beats John Newcombe in the men's 35s semifinal, Ivan Lendl beats Pat Cash 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 in the men's semifinal, Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 for the women's title and John McEnroe beats Jimmy Connors 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the second men's semifinal. Play begins at 11:07 a.m. and ends at 11:16 p.m.
14 of 18Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Sept. 7, 1980
Three months after their classic Wimbledon final, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg stage one of the greatest U.S. Open finals. McEnroe fends off a Borg comeback to win his second consecutive title, 7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4.
15 of 18Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Sept. 9, 1979
Tracy Austin, at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 28 days, becomes the youngest U.S. Open champ, ending Chris Evert's 31-match winning streak at the U.S. Open.
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Sept. 1 ,1977
Renee Richards, a 43-year-old transsexual who fought for more than a year for the right to play in the women's singles of a major championship, is beaten in the first round by Virginia Wade, 6-1, 6-4. Richards debuted at the U.S. Open in 1960 as Richard H. Raskind.
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Sept. 9, 1968
Arthur Ashe wins the first U.S. Open of the Open Era, defeating Tom Okker in the final, 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Ashe is the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament. Because of this win, Ashe not only became a hero for American tennis, but for the civil rights movement, of which he was an active supporter.
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Sept. 5, 1949
Twenty-one-year-old Pancho Gonzalez needs 67 games -- the most ever in a U.S. final -- to defeat Ted Schroeder 16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 for his second consecutive U.S. Open title. Fifteen days later, Gonzalez turns professional and does not appear at Forest Hills again until 1968.
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