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SPORTS SUNDAY: Andy Roddick vs Fabio Fognini

In sports, TV, writing on 09/02/2012 at 17:33

It’s Sunday, and at Stahr Magazine that means one thing: sports.

This weeks entry will focus on what might be Andy Roddick’s last professional tennis match. He takes on talented but inconsistent Italian Fabio Fognini.

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Casual tennis fans might have Roddick penciled in for a fourth round meeting with Juan Martin del Potro, but an early exit is likely for three reasons. Firstly, Roddick hasn’t played well this year. Despite two titles and having just played his best tennis in a long while vs. Bernard Tomic in the second round, Roddick has been rough around the edges and can lose to anyone at any time, retirement or not.

Second, Roddick and Fognini met just over a month ago in Eastbourne. Roddick won, going on to take the tournament, but narrowly edged the Italian 7-5 in the final set. That was on grass, Roddick’s best surface.

Lastly, tennis fans remember Andre Agassi’s last US Open, where in the second round he got past a young, talented opponent (Marcos Baghdatis) 7-5 in the fifth set. He then, almost by choice, ended his career against unheralded Benjamin Becker. Will Roddick be satisfied with his second round performance, and embrace retirement? Or is he dead set on matching up with the top talents in today’s game?

Find out now, as the match is just underway. STAHR MAGAZINE will be live tweeting the entire match.

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