As you know, Roddick dropped his third round match to Feliciano Lopez 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 and his 2011 Wimbledon is over. Just two years ago, Roddick stood on the edge of glory, before tumbling 16-14 in the fifth set to Roger Federer for his fourth loss to the Swiss in a major final. That match was unfortunately a metaphor for his career. He was on fire early, winning the 2003 US Open, briefly held the World No. 1 ranking, fought valiantly for another bite of the apple, hung around near the top for longer than anyone felt possible. Ultimately though, he'd be measured against Federer, the man who defined his generation, and he'd come up short. Roddick may have lost both that Wimbledon final and the career stakes to Federer, but I'd argue he made strong accounts of himself in both.
Andy Murray continues to fly the Union Jack over Wimbledon with his four set win over Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 . On a day when fellow Brits Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha were sent packing, Murray reinforced his status as top dog in the UK. Surprisingly today was Ljubicic's first time playing on Centre Court and the Croat gave a good account of himself under the roof. Murray played his best tennis in fits and starts today, seizing and surrendering the momentum, but he got the job done today amid annually soaring British hopes. Murray handled Ljubicic and the pressure today, but the hype only grows exponentially from here. Will he let his fervent local fanbase boost or break him? Well, that's not today's story, keep watching.