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Andy Roddick is one of the toughest competitors on the ATP tour. He is one of my favorite players and, even though he does not always prevail in big matches, his fans know that he plays hard.
But his injury-induced retirement against Lleyton Hewitt in this tournament's second round was hard to swallow.
Roddick has not been fully healthy since sometime in 2010. He suffered his worst combined majors performance in 2011 and did not even sniff at a Grand Slam title. If 2009 was his year of resurgence, 2011 may be the year the coffin slammed shut.
He is not a player one dismisses easily. But if he cannot get fully healthy, and nothing short of a months-long hiatus from the game will get him there, he has no chance for that long elusive second major title. So, either way, his flameout performance here signals he needs some time off from tennis to heal and rejuvenate. Whether it is temporary or permanent, who knows?