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Spaniard Ferrer quashes American Roddick's dream of Wimbledon title

July 1, 2012 - London

Though he is not saying so, American tennis star Andy Roddick maybe seriously thinking of retiring from the sport after he saw his dream of winning Wimbledon shattered by Spaniard David Ferrer after taking the first set.

The stylish Spaniard recovered to break Roddick physically and mentally so that by the time he trudged off Centre Court amid the setting sun many were convinced he would never play in this tournament again.

A-Rod, who won the 2003 US Open and has reached three Wimbledon finals, said: "If I don't have a definitive answer in my own mind, it's going to be tough for me to articulate a definitive answer."

The Sun quoted him, as saying: "Right now I'm thinking about the match. I thought I played well. I don't feel like I was fighting myself. I felt like I was fighting my opponent today. It sounds a simple thing, but it's a different point. I feel healthy and good."

Roddick, 29, and seeded 30, could not have felt any better after blasting his way to a one-set lead in just 22 minutes.

But the once-unyielding American with the mighty serve was gradually dismantled by in-form Ferrer, who ended Brit Andy Murray's hopes in the last four of last month's French Open.

Ferrer now goes on to meet Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro.

Ferrer has won four tournaments this year, which is as many as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

But the quiet man from Valencia's huge performance is overshadowed by lingering questions surrounding Roddick's future.


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