Australian Open | Roddick loses temper, match
American Andy Roddick ran out of ways to vent his anger. He berated the chair umpire. He cracked his racket. He pulled out of a serve and...
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MELBOURNE, Australia — American Andy Roddick ran out of ways to vent his anger.
He berated the chair umpire. He cracked his racket. He pulled out of a serve and yelled at some fans to "shut up." He also reeled off a personal-best 42 aces — three in one game to save match points — but none of it unnerved Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Australian Open on Friday.
The 29th-ranked German won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (3-7), 8-6 in a third-round match.
"I took his best stuff for five sets and I thought I was going to get him to break or to fold," the sixth-seeded Roddick said. "I thought if I kept it on him long enough that that would happen. Tonight, he played like a great, great player. There's no doubt about that."
Roddick came into the tournament after leading the United States to its first Davis Cup title since 1995 and winning the Kooyong exhibition tuneup for the third time in a row. He left with his quest for a second major title to go with his 2003 U.S. Open title unfulfilled.
"It's rough, yeah, but that's sports, man," Roddick said. "If you don't want an emotional roller coaster, if you want to be serene and kind of chilled out all day, then get a job serving margaritas at the beach.
"When you decide to be a pro athlete, you're going to have ups, you're going to have downs, you're going to have extreme highs and extreme lows. That's just the nature of the beast."
Roddick put 72 percent of his first serves in play and committed three double faults but failed to break his opponent more than once.
"The whole match, for me, was perfect," Kohlschreiber said. "Just amazing, to start the year like this and beating such a good guy is the best thing that has happened to me in tennis."
American James Blake, seeded 12th, rallied from being down two sets to beat Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean 4-6, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in 3 hours, 8 minutes.
Grosjean broke twice in the fourth set to pull ahead 4-1 before Blake ran off four games in a row.
"That's got to be my biggest comeback — down two sets to love, two sets to one, two breaks; 4-1 in the breaker, 5-3 in the breaker," Blake said. "Just seemed like every time there was a mountain to climb ... couldn't have been a better feeling than to accomplish what I did."
Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, who lost the final here last year to Roger Federer, was on the wrong end of a 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-1 result against Croatia's Marin Cilic, who had never gone past the first round in three previous major tournaments. Gonzalez was seeded seventh.
Two high-profile Russian women were ousted, while No. 4 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.
No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova lost 6-3, 6-4 to 18-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze lost 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2 to countrywoman Maria Kirilenko.
Five of the 15 Russians competing in women's singles remain, including No. 5 Maria Sharapova.
In the match immediately before Roddick's, France's Amelie Mauresmo, the 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, was eliminated in the third round by No. 78-ranked Casey Dellacqua.
Mauresmo had 10 double faults, including one to set up match point for Dellacqua, who finished off a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory with a forehand winner as the crowd burst into cheers for the last local hope in the women's draw.
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