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Federer, Nadal, Hingis advance

Third-ranked Roddick was upset by Igor Andreev of Russia at the Pacific Life Open, where he failed to reach at least the quarters for the first time.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 10:30 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Third-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by Igor Andreev of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 on Wednesday at the Pacific Life Open, where he failed to reach at least the quarterfinals for the first time.

No 1 Roger Federer and No 2 Rafael Nadal had no such problems against Frenchmen. Federer, the defending two-time champ, took a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Richard Gasquet, and Nadal accounted for Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 6-2.

Federer will face Ivan Ljubicic in the quarterfinals, a repeat of their fourth-round clash last year. Nadal will tackle Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis.

In a women's quarterfinal, Martina Hingis was impressive again in the latest victory of her return, rolling to a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinals win over Dinara Safina of Russia.

Andreev, blasted out of last year's Wimbledon in straight sets by Roddick, broke the American in the first game on Wednesday and held serve to win the first set without giving up a break chance. Roddick took until the second-set tiebreaker to edge ahead, but lost his momentum when he dropped his first service game in the third set, and Andreev cruised to a career-best victory. Roddick, a former No. 1 whose 11-5 match record this year includes four losses to players ranked outside the top 50, showed his frustration after double-faulting to fall behind 5-1 in the third set, slamming his racket on the court and smashing it. "It's just frustration. We've all been there, except I have people watching when I break something," Roddick said. "I'm mad with the way I played. I was competing well, then just let it get away for no apparent reason. I was fine until I just went mental at the end. I just checked out in the middle of the third set. "It's not fun going into the locker room afterward and feeling that way again. It's not something I'm accustomed to. It's not something I want to become accustomed to. I'm glad that it really kind of hurts me this deep. If I was OK with it, I think we'd have a problem."

He finished the match with 45 unforced errors _ 29 with his forehand _ and only 13 winners, to 35 unforced errors and 34 winners by Andreev.

Nadal turned his ankle in the opening set against Grosjean and took a timeout, but didn't show any significant effects of the injury the rest of the match.

Afterward, he pulled out of the doubles competition, saying that was a precautionary move and that he believes his ankle is going to be OK for his next match. He's not scheduled to play Thursday. A day after ousting two-time winner Lindsay Davenport, Hingis impressed against 10th-seeded Safina with her shot placement and footwork.

"So far, so good. I'm definitely very happy with the progress I'm making," Hingis said. "Today probably wasn't my prettiest game, but it was effective.

"Now I've got a day of rest, and will see what I can do in the semifinals."

Hingis ended a three-year retirement in January, and has run her match record to 20-6. She said she considers her comeback as "pretty much over with now."

"It's just more because this is my first American tournament that people look it at still as a comeback," she said. Also advancing on the men's side were Paradorn Srichaphan, who beat fourth-seeded David Nalbandian 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 and will play Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Marat Safin; Ljubicic after beating fellow Croatian Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-4; and Baghdatis, who defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-1. Ivan Ljubicic downed fellow Croatian Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-4; and Jarkko Nieminen beat Marat Safin 6-4, 6-3.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 11:52 IST