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Roddick To Seek Knee Advice in U.S.

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Andy Roddick© Getty ImagesAndy Roddick receives on-court treatment from ATP trainer Michal Novotny.

World No. 6 Andy Roddick will return to the United States immediately to seek medical advice on a left knee injury that forced his retirement from his opening match against Stanislas Wawrinka at the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 Presented by Rolex on Tuesday.

The 2003 US Open champion was leading Wawrinka 4-3 in the first set when he felt pain in his left knee during a point. He immediately called ATP trainer Michal Novotny to the court and shortly after retired from the match.

Speaking about the injury in his post-match media conference, Roddick said that it was too soon to know the extent of the injury or what impact it would have on his immediate playing future. 

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“I don't really know what's going on in there,” Roddick said. “I'm not a doctor. I can't really self diagnose myself… I'm not going to have a lot of answers for you guys tonight, unfortunately.

“I just felt I pushed off, and then Michal came on court and did some tests and advised that it probably wasn't worth the risk until we know more. [The pain was] enough to make me stop a tennis match, which is going to be pretty significant.  Beyond that, I don't know; that's not my profession.”

Roddick, who said the pain is in the back of his knee, has more than three weeks to recover before his next scheduled tournament at the Valencia Open 500 in Spain, beginning 2 November.

Despite the setback, Roddick remains on track to finish in the Top 10 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings for the eighth consecutive year. Roddick is next in line to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals beginning 22 November in London at the O2 arena.

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