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Roddick ousted from Australian Open

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 04:02 PM
MELBOURNE, Australia -

Andy Roddick didn't like being the fall guy again. The facts, however, were unmistakable: All the Americans were gone from the Australian Open.

Roddick lost to 19th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka on a cool Sunday night at Melbourne Park. Roddick saw 24 aces whip past him, barely got a look at a break-point chance and didn't get his own big serve firing in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 fourth-round defeat.

Roddick, seeded eighth, had been the last American man standing in the singles field. The women were out before the third round ended. Venus Williams lasted only seven points before she hobbled off with an ailing hip muscle.

"Obviously I'm not going to sit here and ..." Roddick checked himself and then switched gears, saying the stories were already written and it didn't really matter what he said. "Obviously, it wasn't the showing that we wanted, you know, but I'm doing what I can."

Roddick's ouster came on a day when Roger Federer equaled Jimmy Connors' Open era mark by reaching his 27th straight quarterfinal at a major, and Francesca Schiavone won the longest women's match in Grand Slam history - a 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 4 hours, 44 minutes.

No. 3 Novak Djokovic and No. 6 Tomas Berdych also won in the fourth round. French Open finalist Robin Soderling lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Among the women, No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 9 Li Na advanced, while No. 14 Maria Sharapova lost to No. 30 Andrea Petkovic.

Since Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open victory, no American man has won a major. Venus and sister Serena Williams have won 10 majors between them in the interim, and 20 between them overall. Serena was the 2010 champion in Australia but couldn't defend her title because of a foot injury.

Roddick's career was starting in the days when Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were winding down. Since they retired, no American man has regularly kept him company in the late stages of majors.

Roddick's departure leaves 2010 finalist Andy Murray of Britain as the only player from any of the Grand Slam host countries in the tournament. All the French and the Australian players already were beaten by the end of the third round. There's two Swiss, but only one can reach the semifinals.

Wawrinka advanced to the first all-Swiss quarterfinal at a major in the Open era, where he'll run into Federer, the defending champion.

Federer beat Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals for the 27th major in a row. Connors' mark came between 1973 and 1983 - although he didn't play every major because he was hurt or didn't travel to Australia.

Schiavone, the French Open champion, saved six match points, then converted on her third match point in the longest women's match at a major in terms of time in the Open era. The longest previous record was set in Australia last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (12-10), 6-3 in 4:19.

Schiavone next will meet Wozniacki, who reached the quarterfinals in Australia for the first time with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova.

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