Andy Roddick beats Fabio Fognini in U.S. Open to postpone retirement

Andy Roddick of the US (20) reacts during Andy Roddick of the US (20) reacts during play against Fabio Fognini of Italy during their 2012 US Open men's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. (Sept. 2, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Channeling his inner Jimmy Connors, Andy Roddick pounded a forehand passing shot down the line to win a 20-stroke point and thrust both arms overhead, motioning to the U.S. Open spectators to make more noise.

Moments later, Roddick hit a volley into an open court and chugged back to the baseline, wagging his right index finger.

Yes, Roddick is having a grand ol' time at his retirement party — and he's not done yet.

Winning a second consecutive match since announcing the U.S. Open will be the last tournament of his career, 2003 champion Roddick stuck around by beating 59th-ranked Fabio Fognini of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 on Sunday.

Next comes a tougher test: A fourth-round match Tuesday against 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

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