November 11, 2008

Roddick Withdraws With Ankle Injury

Andy Roddick
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American Andy Roddick withdrew from Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai with an ankle injury ahead of his Red Group clash against four-time champion Roger Federer on Wednesday. The World No. 6, who sustained the injury in practice on Tuesday, failed to respond sufficiently from treatment.

The Nebraskan will be replaced by No. 27-ranked Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

"When I was doing a warm up drill in practice I just went over on it," said Roddick. “We tried as much as we could to get it better."

"[The physiotherapists] don't think it's too long term, which is nice. It's unfortunate for this event as far as I go, but, I don't think we're looking at anything more than a week or so."

Roddick, who captured three ATP titles and amassed a 49-18 season record, added: "I came out here and tried to warm 45 minutes or so ago, and it was pretty apparent that my movement was probably 30% or 40%."


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