Roddick thrashes Tomic to play another day

02:02, Sep 02 2012
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Andy Roddick extended his career by at least another match when he humbled Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-4 6-0 in the second round of the US Open.

Roddick, who announced on Friday he would retire after the tournament, took just one hour and 27 minutes to beat Tomic at Flushing Meadows.

The Australian barely played a bit part in what John McEnroe, commentating on prime-time US TV, effectively labelled an 87-minute B Grade flick.

McEnroe wondered whether Tomic was even having a genuine go as the 19-year-old surrendered the final set in 21 minutes and won just five points.

"Tomic is teeing it up. It looks like the tank job," McEnroe said.

"This is a shame. You don't like to see this. I like to see Andy win but, other than that, it's poor."

"A well-deserved beating."

Tomic admitted to suffering from some nerves on the big stage.

"I was a bit nervous the first set. It's very difficult the first time to be in front of 22,000 people.

"It's very different. A different feeling playing on the back courts than playing on the biggest stage in the world, biggest country in the world.

"I wasn't looking up, that's for sure. More I looked up, the more I realised how much people were there."

Tomic felt Roddick was untouchable.

"I couldn't get the racquet on the ball," he said.

"Andy was playing, I think, really good at the net, coming into the net.

"Every time I wanted to pass him, he ended up hitting a half-volley winner or a volley winner.

"He was on top of me the whole match. I can't complain. The whole match was his way from start to finish pretty much."

He reacted angrily when asked about McEnroe's tanking allegation.

"Really? What do you think?" Tomic asked his inquisitor.

"That's how I play. Do you have a problem with that?"

He maintained it was merely a suffocating experience.

"To play one of the biggest players in America, I was thinking about it too much leading into the match," Tomic said.

"He was serving well. So I just couldn't find my way to get out of that little zone.

"I feel like I needed to hit 10 minutes on the court. It's difficult. The top seeds always get the opportunity to hit on that court.

"Yeah, this is his home city where he plays the best. I wasn't quite comfortable I think the whole match on that court. It was very strange."

Andy Roddick
MOVING ON: Andy Roddick held retirement at bay for at least another round after beating Bernard Tomic.

Roddick, the 2003 champion and one-time world No 1, next meets Italian Fabio Fognini for a spot in the last 16.

He said he became emotional 15 minutes before the match when he saw a tribute to his career being shown on a television in the locker room.

"Oh man, that was so much fun," Roddick told the crowd in his on-court interview. "I really appreciate that, thank you guys. I just wanted to come out and be aggressive.

"I'm going to try to stick around a little longer."

- Reuters and AAP

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