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Only Five Americans Left At US Open
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2008 7:10pm CST USA
Mardy Fish, Only Five Americans Left At US Open, US Open 2008 NEW YORK--( Mardy Fish of the USA defeated fellow American and 9th seeded James Blake 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(7-4) in the third round Saturday night to join four other Americans as the only Americans remaining in the US Open singles draws.

And of the five Americans left, four would be scheduled to meet each other in the quarterfinals.

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Today in the third round, Andy Roddick of the USA defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(7-4). Roddick could meet third seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the quarterfinals and defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland in the semifinals.

On the other half of the men's draw, Sam Querrey of the USA and Fish could face each other in the quarterfinals, but both must first get past two of the toughest fighters in the draw. In tomorrow's fourth round, Fish meets the powerful and athletic Frenchman Gael Monfils while Querrey takes on world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain.

In women's play tomorrow, both of America's Williams sisters, Venus Williams and Serena Williams will play fourth round matches. Should both of the sisters win, they would then face off in the quarterfinals; an early meeting due to a slip in both of their rankings. Serena however will move from three to one in the WTA Tour rankings should she take the US Open title.

Roddick won the US Open title in 2003. Venus Williams struck victory in 2000 and 2001, while Serena Williams won in 1999 and 2002.

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