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Peers Pay Tribute To Andy Roddick

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Roddick© Getty ImagesFormer World No. 1 Andy Roddick will retire from professional tennis after the US Open.

James Blake: “We'll miss Andy a ton. Andy has definitely been very open with guys. He mentored Harrison, Donald, all the practice partners. He'll spend time with all the guys at Davis Cup. He's been great. We're definitely going to miss him.”

Roger Federer: “In my mind, he is a Wimbledon champion, as well, a wonderful ambassador for the game. I'm thankful for everything he's done for the game, especially here for tennis in America. It's not been easy after Agassi and Sampras, [Jim] Courier, [Michael] Chang, [Jimmy] Connors, [John] McEnroe, you name it. I probably forget a bunch of them because you had so many good players in the past. It's been hard for him as well at times. I thought he always did the best he could. That's all you can ask from a guy like Andy.”

Novak Djokovic: "I admired his career. He was one of the greatest competitors around. Probably the biggest serve ever. I'm sure that himself he's proud of his career and all American tennis should be. Definitely he made history in our sport. I guess he felt that it's time for him to move on, to stop playing tennis, and to do something else.

"The great thing that he said yesterday is that he wants to continue on his legacy of playing tennis and try to transfer that knowledge to somebody that is coming up that needs help from such a champion. So that's great. You want to kind of share the love for the sport and your knowledge and experiences with somebody else that wants to become like you."

Sam Querrey: “He's been my biggest role model the last 10 years playing tennis, watching tennis. He's been a great guy, a great leader to us all. Nice and kind, really generous to the up and comers. For me, for Harrison, for the 18 year olds now, he's just an unbelievable champion, a Hall of Famer, just a great guy, great person for the sport the last 12 years.”

Milos Raonic: “He's done great things. He did a lot for tennis in a part where it was struggling a little bit after [Pete] Sampras and [Andre] Agassi were getting a little bit older, were struggling a little bit. He had a magnificent career. I think he was eight or ten years in the Top 10, which is very impressive. He's done a lot of great things for himself and the sport. It's sad, but I'm sure he has a lot of exciting things to look forward to.”

Jack Sock: “He was a guy I watched growing up a lot, especially when he was winning this tournament, playing really well. I mean, I was just coming up as a junior, so he was definitely a guy I watched and looked up to and idolised. It's definitely going to be a big loss to the tour. He's a great guy, always nice to me. I thought we were friends. I wish him the best after this. Hopefully he can do something here this week, as well.”

John Isner: "It caught me by surprise, to be honest. I had no idea. It really was a secret. His ranking's dipped a little bit. He actually has said in the past he would never be content with just hanging around, so I guess he sort of lived up to his word. When this tournament is over for him, he's going to be able to look back on an incredible career, a Hall of Fame career in my opinion. He chose a good tournament to go out with, too. Whether he wins this title or eventually succumbs to someone, it's going to be a good moment."

Tomas Berdych: "He's another great, great player who's unfortunately leaving us. He made a decision that it's his last tournament. We will definitely miss him. He was definitely a huge personality and a guy that brought a lot for our sport and made so many great results, probably all that you can achieve in tennis. His career was just successful enough and probably he is deciding in the right moment, but only he knows when it is. So just I can wish him all the best for the future, what he's gonna do and we will miss him."

Tribute Tweets
@darren_cahill (Darren Cahill): “He started his career the same way he will finish it. Gutsy, loyal, committed, brash, honest and entertaining. Andy Roddick. #respect”

@DwyaneWade: “OH NO say it ain't so… great player but better person @ESPNTennis: Andy Roddick announces he'll retire after 2012 Open”

‏@Becker_Boris (Boris Becker): “Listen all, I really respect Roddick! Classy, intelligent, funny fighter that gave the game a lot of heart and soul!!!”

@Maheshbhupathi (Mahesh Bhupathi): “Congratulations @andyroddick, you have done both yourself and your sport proud, and I have no doubt you will continue to do so....”

@TommyHaas13 (Tommy Haas): “Just an outstanding career @andyroddick has had, a dream for most of us. It truly was a pleasure competing against you. New chapter baby time :)”

@JimmyConnors (Jimmy Connors): “Andy Roddick retiring. A great champion, 10s ambassador, crowd favorite and my friend. You worked hard enough, time to enjoy your life"

‏@jojomelzer (Jurgen Melzer): “true champion, longtime friend but most importantly one of the greatest people I have ever get to know leaves our sport!thanks @andyroddick”

‏@ryanharrison92 (Ryan Harrison): “Incredible career Andy. Thanks so much for everything you have done for me and all of American tennis. Can't thank you enough#HallOfFame”

‏@Bryanbrothers (Mike Bryan): “Love ya big man. What a hell of a career! Happy B Day to a future Hall of Famer and great friend.”

@rohanbopanna (Rohan Bopanna): “Sad to see the great @andyroddick announce his retirement. A player with immense talent and true spirit.”

@justingimelstob (Justin Gimelstob): “Congrats 2 @andyroddick on an amazing career, 1st ballot hall of famer, he is an over achiever NOT an underachiever. #fb”

‏@yvesallegro (Yves Allegro): “Tennis losing a great champion.. All the best to @andyroddick for his last US open and his life after tennis..”

‏@Bryanbros (Bob Bryan): “Sad to see @andyroddick announce his retirement but excited for him to start his new life. I'm happy to call Andy my f…”

@paul_annacone (Paul Annacone): “Congrats AR. Great career , great life ahead enjoy next chapter well deserved”

@PrakashAmritraj (Prakash Amritraj): “Remember playing dubs w/ @andyroddick at US open juniors in 2000. Man time flys. Congrats bro. U been an inspiration to the globe from day1”

@BjorkmanTennis (Jonas Bjorkman): “Congrats 2 @andyroddick on an amazing career and for being such a good ambassador for the sport. #USOpen”

@MardyFish (Mardy Fish): "Fav @andyroddick moments... 1. 2003 US open 2. Davis Cup '07 3. When he went from visor to regular hat."

@feliciano_lopez (Feliciano Lopez): "@andyroddick No te vayas todavia..no te vayas por favor,que hasta la guitarra mia llora cuando dices Adios..wish u all the best in the world"

@Fabio_Fogna (Fabio Fognini): "Thanks @andyroddick !!! Great Champion and great person ... All the best."

@MattEbden (Matthew Ebden): "What a great champion of this great game, here's to you @andyroddick !!!"

@picomonaco (Juan Monaco): "Congratulation @andyroddick for your great career and for the great person you've been during the tour!"

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