What roddick could have done (and many tennis players have done before him) was let himself play as long as his body allowed.
What has been a good thing is roddick and his consistent dedication to the game.
For roddick, that decision was exactly the right way to go about such an exit.
"I've always, for whatever my faults have been, felt like I've never done anything halfway," roddick said in the press conference.
roddick had been called back to the court, assured that the situation had been resolved.
The victim in this serve is the clay court, as roddick hits the ball so hard that it literally gets stuck in the ground.
“I think I wanted a chance to say goodbye,” roddick told reporters Thursday of his decision.
So roddick, Murray, and Nadal (as well as their lower-ranked opponents) had little choice but to play under duress.