Roddick unable to break sharper Kohlschreiber in 5-set loss

Updated: January 18, 2008, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Roddick ran out of ways to vent his anger.

He berated the chair umpire. He cracked his racket. He pulled out of a serve and yelled at the crowd to "shut up." He also reeled off a personal best 42 aces -- three in one game to save match points -- but none of it unnerved Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Australian Open.

The 29th-ranked German won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-7 (3), 8-6 in a third-round match that started after 10 p.m. Friday and finished at 2:04 a.m. Saturday.

"I took his best stuff for five sets and I thought I was going to get him to break or to fold," Roddick said. "I thought if I kept it on him long enough that that would happen. Tonight he played like a great, great player. There's no doubt about that."

Roddick, seeded sixth, produced some impressive numbers, in addition to the aces. He made 72 percent of his first serves and committed only three double-faults. However, he broke his opponent only once.

"The whole match for me was perfect," Kohlschreiber said. "Just amazing, to start the year like this and beating such a good guy is the best thing that has happened to me in tennis."

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Kohlschreiber reached the fourth round only before once at 14 previous Grand Slam tournaments, and that ended in a straight-sets loss to Roddick.

For Roddick, this match had the feel almost from the start of his five-hour marathon against Younes El Aynaoui five years ago in a quarterfinal in Australia. Then 20, Roddick won an Open era longest fifth set 21-19 in a match that finished after 2:30 a.m., also under the roof at Rod Laver Arena.

"Yeah, I thought about it," Roddick said.

Roddick came into the tournament after leading the United States to its first Davis Cup title since 1995 and winning the Kooyong exhibition tuneup for the third straight time. He left with his quest for a second major to go with his 2003 U.S. Open title still unfulfilled.

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William West/AFP/Getty ImagesA frustrated Andy Roddick is going home earlier than expected from Australia.

"It's rough, yeah, but that's sports, man," Roddick said. "If you don't want an emotional rollercoaster, if you want to be serene and kind of chilled out all day, then get a job serving Margaritas at the beach.

"When you decide to be a pro athlete you're going to have ups, you're going to have downs, you're going to have extreme highs and extreme lows. That's just the nature of the beast."

No. 2 Rafael Nadal saved six set points in the first against Frenchman Gilles Simon before winning 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. The Spaniard faces another Frenchman in the fourth round after No. 23 Paul-Henri Mathieu rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 8-6 win over Austria's Stefan Koubek.

"In every tournament, you have to overcome difficult moments. It's important, because you feel the pressure," Nadal said. "It's important to play in difficult moments and is important to have alternatives when the things are not doing very well."

No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko beat France's Marc Gicquel and next plays fellow Russian Mikhail Youzhny, a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 winner over Croatia's Ivo Karlovic.

A section of the draw that could have offered a fourth-round showdown between friends and U.S. Davis Cup teammates -- Roddick and Mardy Fish -- will now feature Kohlschreiber against No. 24 Jarkko Nieminen, who beat Fish in four sets.


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