• Wimbledon, Day Five

Roddick crashes out to Lopez

ESPN staff
June 24, 2011

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Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick was sent tumbling out of Wimbledon after being beaten in straight sets by Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

The former world No. 1, who took Roger Federer to five sets in the 2009 final, failed to reach the fourth round after falling to a 7-6(2) 7-6(2) 6-4 defeat.

The No. 8 seed started full of intent, opening the match with an ace, but after an exchange of breaks the Spaniard snatched the opening set on a tiebreak.

Lopez had never beaten the American in seven previous meetings, but he was full of confidence, grabbing a two-set advantage with another tiebreak. A single break of serve in the third put the Spaniard firmly on course for victory, and he sealed his place in the fourth round after Roddick fired wide.

While Lopez became the first man to book his place in the fourth round, his compatriot David Ferrer had to dig deep to reach the third. The seventh seed resumed his second-round match against American teenager Ryan Harrison, who pushed the Spaniard all the way. Ferrer twice had to battle from a set down before triumphing 6-7(6) 6-1 4-6 6-3 6-2 after three-and-a-half hours.

Once again the rain disrupted proceedings at the All England Club, and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal will have to return to the court on Saturday after completing just one set of his third-round match against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

Muller is one of only three men to have beaten Nadal at Wimbledon, back in 2005, and he gave the defending champion a run for his money, matching the Spaniard point-for-point to force a tiebreak.

Nadal clinched the first set, but appeared to jar his knee in the late stages of the set, and called for a medical timeout on the conclusion of the tiebreak. As the Spaniard disappeared for treatment, the rain set in, forcing play to be suspended.

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro will resume his match against talented Frenchman Gilles Simon on Saturday with play suspended at 7-6(8) 2-4, while Gael Monfils and Tomas Berdych were also stopped in their tracks.

Last year's finalist Berdych is just two games away from victory against American Alex Bogomolov Jnr with the score at 6-2 6-4 4-3, while Monfils' match against Lukasz Kubot is firmly in the balance at 3-6 6-3 3-3.

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