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Australian Open: Roddick ousted in 4th round

Roddick was unsettled by the high-energy Baghdatis, a 20-year-old former junior world champion from Cyprus.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 11:58 IST

Second-seeded Andy Roddick was upset in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday, losing 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to unseeded Marcos Baghdatis.

Roddick was unsettled by the high-energy Baghdatis, a 20-year-old former junior world champion from Cyprus.

After dropping just one service game in his three previous matches, Roddick was broken once in each of the first, third and fourth sets.

Baghdatis, ranked 54th, advanced to a quarterfinal against the winner of Sunday's later match between No. 7 Ivan Ljubicic and No 10 Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open champion. It was a disappointing exit for Roddick, who had a shocking first-round loss at the last US Open.

With defending champion Marat Safin, No 2-ranked Rafael Nadal, four-time winner Andre Agassi opting out because of lingering injuries and No 3 Lleyton Hewitt ousted in the second round, Roddick had shaped as the top contender to overwhelming favorite Roger Federer.

First Published: Jan 22, 2006 11:58 IST