Gut-check moment for Andy Roddick

Updated: September 4, 2012, 7:24 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It was here that Andy Roddick made his first appearance at a Grand Slam, attending the 1990 U.S. Open as a ninth birthday present.

"I snuck into the players' lounge without a credential," he recalled. "I saw Pete [Sampras]. He was playing video games. I'm pretty sure I beat him at like 'Mortal Kombat' or something. That was fun."

It is here that he will play his last Grand Slam, having announced his upcoming retirement on his 30th birthday Wednesday.

True to form, ...

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