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Roddick, Hewitt, Murray goes through
London, Jun 28 (DPA/Reuter/IANS):
Published on 28 Jun. 2009 11:19 PM IST
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One-time Wimbledon standouts Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt re-lived the past with solid victories to move into the second week Saturday. They were joined by British hero Andy Murray, as the third seed thrashed Serb Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to next face Swiss Stan Wawrinka who put out American Jesse Levine 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Sixth seed Roddick, who lost finals in 2004 and 2005 to Roger Federer, reached Monday's fourth round over Austrian Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-3, earning his 31st win at the event. The unseeded Hewitt, 2002 champion, hammered German Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 as the Australian advanced to the latter stages for the sixth straight year. Roddick earned his ninth win without a loss against Melzer, with the American putting over 33 aces against 26 for the Austrian in the high-voltage match. Hewitt, now ranked 56th after coming back form 2008 hip surgery, next faces Czech Radek Stepanek, who beat 16th seed David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4 but was flying his doctor in from Prague to try and sort out a knee problem which almost forced him to quit. Hewitt, 28, said that at his current level, getting into the business end of a slam is important. "When you're at the top of your game and you're number one, you kind of take a round of 16s of slams for granted. When you're unseeded, it's not always that easy to get the easy draw to come through and make the second week. "That's what's pleasing this week, coming through against worthy opponents. Not dropping a set so far is nice, as well." German Tommy Haas, 31, a one-time world number two who has undergone multiple shoulder operations, finished of a thriller held over in the fifth set due to darkness, defeating 11th seed Marin Cilic, 7-5, 7-5, 1-6, 6-7 (3-7), 10-8. Haas had a late-night Indian takeaway at his rented house after undergoing physiotherapy on his tired 29-year-old body Friday night. "While that was going on, we were listening to all the great legendary songs from Michael Jackson," he added. Two teenaged women felled seeds, with German 19-year-old Sabine Lisicki toppling French Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, the number five, 6-2, 7-5. American Melanie Oudin, ranked 124, produced another shock when she stunned former number one and sixth seed Jelena Jankovic 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 6-2. Jankovic came to the new Court 3 against the 17-year-old from Atlanta complaining of illness and was seen by the trainer during contest which stretched for almost three hours as she became the highest seed to exit so far. "After the first set, I felt really dizzy, and I thought that I was just gonna end up in the hospital," said the noted Serbian drama queen. "I started to shake. I was losing my ... how you say ...consciousness. "I didn't know if I was gonna fall down and just (leave the court) in an ambulance. But I started to feel a little bit better." Five-time champion Venus Williams defeated Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-4 and next plays former French Open holder Ana Ivanovic, as the 13th seed ended the run of Australian Sam Stosur 7-5, 6-2. Williams and Ivanovic will next meet for the sixth time in their careers, with the American standing 5-1, her lone loss coming at the Melbourne quarter-finals last year. There were also wins for top seed Dinara Safina over Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-1, ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki, number 11 Agnieszka Radwanska and 2006 champion Amelie Mauresmo, who beat 15th seed Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-3. Top seed Safina sweeps into last 16 World number one Dinara Safina sailed into the second week at Wimbledon for the first time on Saturday, defeating Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-1. The Russian, three times a Grand Slam runner-up but never a winner, had a fight on her hands in the opening set of the third round match but overwhelmed the world number 110 in the second. With thunder rumbling overhead, Flipkens got her only set point at 5-4 in the first which she squandered. Safina finally broke in the 11th game and served out to take a 1-0 lead. The Russian went into overdrive as the heavens threatened to open on the new number two show court but the rain just held off and she swept to an easy 6-1 second set clincher. At her post-match news conference, Safina said it was “annoying” that people kept pointing out she was world number one without having won a Grand Slam. “I’m consistently there,” she said. “One day I will get the Grand Slam and nobody can talk anymore that I am number one without a Grand Slam,” she said. Safina next faces 17th seed and former champion Amelie Mauresmo for a place in the quarter-finals. The Russian said of her French opponent: “This year she’s playing very good. I think she’s back in her best shape. She likes playing on grass.” Paes, Bhupathi to cross swords in Wimbledon mixed doubles India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi will be on the opposite sides of the net in the Wimbledon mixed doubles third round Monday. The 1999 Wimbledon men’s doubles champions have run into each other after clearing their second round matches Saturday. Bhupathi with compatriot Sania Mirza beat Britons Colin Fleming and Sarah Borwell 7-6 (4), 6-4 Saturday. The 13th-seeded Bhupathi and Sania are the Australian Open mixed doubles champions. Paes is partnering Zimbabwean Cara Black, with whom he won the US Open mixed doubles last year. The top seeded pair, who received a bye in the first round, is yet to play a match in the tournament after they received a walkover from Slovakian Michal Mertinak and Italian Mara Santangelo. This is the third time in the tournament that Bhupathi will clash with a fellow Indian. He and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas will meet Prakash Amritraj and Pakistan’s Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi in the men’s doubles third round Monday. Earlier, the fourth-seeded pair had beaten Somdev Devvarman and South African Kevin Anderson in the first round. Paes and Bhupathi, besides winning the Wimbledon men’s doubles title together, have won the mixed doubles title here twice before.

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