Sela upsets Roddick in third round
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Roddick, a four-time champion at Queen's, lost 6-4, 7-6 (8).
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced after a challenge from Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, reaching the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 victory. Nadal needed a trainer after the second set to work on his upper right leg.
"I called the physio to check how was the leg, and, well, I am still doing some tests," Nadal said. "I have to be sure that there's nothing dangerous, because, you know, the situation is if something happens this week, it's difficult to be ready [for Wimbledon] in one week.
"I am not thinking right now about going out of the tournament. I think I will play tomorrow. Sure, I have to be careful and I have to check a little bit more," he said.
Nadal struggled to overcome Istomin, who rallied well and made few unforced errors in their first meeting. After Nadal edged the first set in a tiebreak, Istomin took the second with a break in the opening game.
In the decider, Nadal served for the match at 5-3 and held two match points, and although Istomin broke him, the Spaniard earned the victory on his third match point by breaking his opponent with a forehand winner.
Djokovic was scathing in his criticism of tournament officials for making him play in conditions he considered dangerous.
"The conditions today are impossible," Djokovic said. "Under these conditions, to be able to play a professional tennis match, this is ridiculous.
"The whole match you can feel the rain and the court was extremely slippery. A couple of times I could have injured myself, to stretch the muscle or something like that," he said.
Third-seeded Andy Murray also faced an early exit as he trailed American Mardy Fish 3-0 in the final set, but the Scot fought back to 3-3 and was furious when play was suspended because of poor light.
Roddick was under pressure the entire match and failed to convert two set points in the tiebreak before Sela clinched victory on his second match point with a backhand winner.
"He played great," Roddick said. "Credit to him. I think he had a very specific game plan, and I thought he executed it very well and never dug himself a hole on any service games, never had any sloppy errors.
"I think I could have done some things differently, but I thought he played a pretty perfect match. He outplayed me today," he said.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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