An emotional Andy Roddick postponed his farewell speech and stayed alive in the US Open by routing Bernard Tomic in the second round at Flushing Meadows on Friday night.
Roddick needed only one hour and 27 minutes to defeat Tomic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, just one day after the 30-year-old announced he would retire at the end of the tournament.
Winding back the clock to play with the power and aggression that made him US Open champion and world number one in 2003, Roddick will play Italy's Fabio Fognini in round three for a place in the last 16.
"I'm going to try and stick around a little longer," Roddick told the packed crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Roddick said he became emotional shortly before the match when he saw a tribute to his career being shown on television in the locker room.
"I had no idea what was going to happen out there, honestly, even before the match," Roddick said. The 19-year-old Tomic admitted he was overawed by a full house inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Women's top seed Victoria Azarenka swept past China's Zheng Jie 6-1, 6-0 in less than an hour on Friday night to advance to the fourth round.
Paes-Stepanek in third round
Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek entered the third round in men's doubles after getting the better of Brazilians Joao Souza and Thomaz Bellucci. The fifth-seeded Indo-Czech combo took an hour and 45 minutes to register a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) victory over their unseeded opponents. Even as the Brazilian pair failed to convert the lone breakpoint they earned in the first set, Paes and Stepanek converted one of the two breakpoints they managed to seal the set.