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Andy Roddick Moves Into Beijing Quarterfinals

By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:15pm PST USA
Andy Roddick Moves Into Beijing Quarterfinals, Lawn Tennis Magazine BEIJING--( Andy Roddick of the USA defeated Brendan Evans also of the USA 6-4, 6-3 at the China Open Thursday at Beijing, China to advance to the quarterfinals.

Roddick fought off jetlag and a tough 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 Davis Cup loss to world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain last week for the win.

Down 2-4 in set one, Roddick, 26, raised the level of his game while the 22 year old Evans may have reverted from the style of play which gave him the initial lead.

Andy Roddick | Photo by China Photos/Getty Images
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In 2003, Roddick reached a career high ranking of number three after claiming his lone major title, the 2003 US Open.

“From 4-2 down in the first set I started feeling a little better,” Roddick said. “It’s a little tough going from clay last weekend in Spain to dealing with the jet lag and what not.”

“I told (Evans) I thought he took his foot off the accelerator a little bit when he was up in the match,” Roddick said. “And maybe he stopped being as aggressive as he was to get in the lead, and that allowed me to get a rhythm.”

Roddick could meet fellow American Sam Querrey in the semifinals. In the final round, Roddick was drawn to face top seeded David Ferrer of Spain before Ferrer lost his opening round match.

This year in the majors, Roddick reached the US Open quarterfinals before losing to Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7-5). The American suffered early round defeats at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia defeated Roddick in the second round at Wimbledon 6-7(5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(7-4). Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany beat Roddick in the third round at the Australian Open 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(11-9), 6-7(3-7), 8-6.

Roddick withdrew from the French Open with a shoulder injury.

In 2003, Roddick, currently ranked number 8th, reached a career high ranking of number three after claiming his lone major title, the 2003 US Open.

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