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Simon Says: Roddick's out

ESPN staff
August 5, 2010
Gilles Simon celebrates his upset win over Andy Roddick © Getty Images
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Andy Roddick has suffered a shock loss to Gilles Simon in the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington D.C., crashing out 6-3 6-3.

World No.9 Roddick had won his only two previous meetings with Simon and wasn't expected to meet with much trouble on American soil but the Frenchman won an impressive 40% of points on Roddick's normally untouchable serve, stunning the second seed with two breaks in the opening set.

Roddick couldn't make an impression on Simon's serve and the world No.33 secured a solitary break in the second set to wrap up the upset in just over an hour.

Roddick's countryman John Isner finally came off second best from a trademark marathon match, the fifth seed losing 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5) to Xavier Malisse. Isner's dominant serve and weakness on return was evident again as each player mustered a sole break in the epic, although Malisse was lucky not to rue seven further break point opportunities he squandered.

There were better fortunes, although not any easier matches, for the other big-name players. Top seed Tomas Berdych came through against Andrey Golubev 6-3 5-7 7-5. Third seed Fernando Verdasco reached the quarters after a 6-4 7-5 victory over Ryan Sweeting. Mardy Fish couldn't quite upset fourth seed Marin Cilic, falling 6-4 4-6 6-2.

Marcos Baghdatis, David Nalbandian and Janko Tipsarevic also progressed to the last eight.

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