Blake leaving on his own terms

Only fitting former world No. 4 will leave tennis at the venue he cherished most

Updated: August 26, 2013, 4:42 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Several minutes into his news conference, James Blake began to lose it. His voice quavered, and the tears started to flow.

"I definitely did not think this was going to happen," Blake said. "But I'm human. Despite the tears, I'm actually happy about it. I came to this decision over plenty of time. I don't want to be dragged out of this game."

A year ago, Andy Roddick lost the final match of his career here in the fourth round to Juan Martin del Potro. His tearful farewell ...

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