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Story by Matt Osias
Andy Roddick - USA
TOP AMERICAN FALLS IN DESERT
After roaring into the 2008 season winning two tournaments,
including knocking out the No. 1 and 2 players in the world en
route to the Dubai title last week, top-seeded American Andy
Roddick made his earliest exit of his career here in the desert,
losing in straight sets to Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4.
The loss was only Roddick's third of the season to go along with
"It's a lot easier sitting here after this loss today having put
together the body of work I have over the last month," Roddick
said. "It's probably easier to take and probably affects your
confidence a lot less."
Although Roddick seemed to take his loss quite maturely, his
on-court temper flared, as he launched balls out of the stadium,
broke two rackets, and argued on several occasions with the
Haas, on the other hand, has become quite used to beating
Roddick. Having won their last three meetings, the German
credited his victory to how he played the big points.
"Today was one of the matches where I won the majority of the
important points," Haas said. "I really played some great
points, backhand and forehand passing shots and forehand lobs,
and that was really the only difference."
Roddick was not the only seeded player to bow out early,
however, as the twelfth-seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez fell to
the Croatian Mario Ancic 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
Also tested, but managing to pull out victories, were
seventh-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian, No. 11 seed Andy
Murray, and No.15 seed Tommy Robredo, all needing three sets to
move on to their next round matches.
ROGER BACK TO BEING "ROGER"
World's No. 1 Roger Federer returned with his usual killer
instinct, beating Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2,
putting to rest a two-match losing streak. Federer has been
battling mononucleosis, a virus that attacks the body's B cells,
resulting in serious fatigue, however, after winning his second
round match, the 12-time Grand Slam champ said he feels back on
his game again – the rest of the field beware…
SHARAPOVA'S POWER SHOTS KEEP HER WINNING
Maria Sharapova - RUS
On the women's side, Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova
won her 16th match of the 2008 season, staying undefeated, with
a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Greece's Eleni Daniilidou.
"It was a very scratchy match from my side today, from the
beginning," Sharapova said, "I was just not seeing the ball, not
moving that great. She [Daniilidou] always plays tough because
you never really know what to expect from her."
The women's No. 2 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to the
fourth round with a three-set win over Dominika Cibulkova of
Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Amelie Mauresmo - FRA
Life Open Photos by Adam Davis
American Ashley Harkleroad upset the eighth-seeded Russian
Dinara Safina 7-5, 6-2 and will next face No. 10 seed Agnieszka
Radwanska of Poland, a three-set winner over China's Shuai Peng.
The decline of France's Amelie Mauresmo continued as Ukraine's Alona
Bondarenko easily won 6-1, 6-2. Bondarenko will next face
In the late matches, No. 24
Australian Lleyton Hewitt defeated American Sam Querrey 6-4,
6-3. Mardy Fish was able to dismiss Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-3, and
the No. 4 seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia beat wildcard John
Isner 6-2, 7-6.
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