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Wimbledon: A dream too far

sports Updated: Jun 25, 2011 01:27 IST
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Andy Roddick fears may never win Wimbledon after the three-time finalist suffered a shock third round exit against Feliciano Lopez on Friday.

Roddick has always believed the faster grass courts of Wimbledon made the tournament his best bet to win another Grand Slam.

But the former US Open champion looks increasingly unlikely to fulfil his dream after yet another early exit from the All England Club.

Although Roddick made the final in 2009 -- losing in five sets to Roger Federer -- the American has now failed to get http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/25_06_pg20a.jpgpast the fourth round in three of the last four years. With age no longer on the 28-year-old’s side, he concedes it has occured to him that he may never get to lift the championship trophy.

“Well, sure. You’re human. I mean, of course it does. You may never get your favourite job either,” Roddick said.

“I’ve been up against some stuff. But it has to get better, there’s no doubt. You keep moving forward until you decide to stop. At this point I’ve not decided to stop so I’ll keep moving forward.”

Although Roddick was hugely disappointed not to make the second week of his favourite Grand Slam, he insisted he wasn’t as devastated as when he lost in the second round against Janko Tipsaveric in 2008 and Lu Yen-Hsun in the fourth round last year.

“He played an outstanding match. He served about as well as someone has against me.

“The thing you guys have to understand is there’s no script. Some days you’re going to play well and lose, and some days you’re going to play like crap and win.”

Lopez, whose Hollywood looks have earned him the nickname “Deliciano” (from Andy Murray’s mother, Judy) was simply irresistible as he served and volleyed Roddick to pieces.

Big names were also tumbling across the All England Club in the women’s draw with second seed Vera Zvonareva sent packing by Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova.

Svetlana Kuznetsova also lost but fifth seed Maria Sharapova is still eyeing a repeat of her 2004 title here despite a scare against British wildcard Laura Robson.