MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Roddick ran out of ways to vent
He berated the chair umpire. He cracked his racket. He pulled
out of a serve and yelled at the crowd to "shut up." He also
reeled off a personal best 42 aces -- three in one game to save
match points -- but none of it unnerved Philipp Kohlschreiber at the
The 29th-ranked German won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-7 (3), 8-6 in a
third-round match that started after 10 p.m. Friday and finished at
2:04 a.m. Saturday.
"I took his best stuff for five sets and I thought I was going
to get him to break or to fold," Roddick said. "I thought if I
kept it on him long enough that that would happen. Tonight he
played like a great, great player. There's no doubt about that."
Roddick, seeded sixth, produced some impressive numbers, in
addition to the aces. He made 72 percent of his first serves and
committed only three double-faults. However, he broke his opponent
"The whole match for me was perfect," Kohlschreiber said.
"Just amazing, to start the year like this and beating such a good
guy is the best thing that has happened to me in tennis."
Kohlschreiber reached the fourth round only before once at 14
previous Grand Slam tournaments, and that ended in a straight-sets
loss to Roddick.
For Roddick, this match had the feel almost from the start of
his five-hour marathon against Younes El Aynaoui five years ago in
a quarterfinal in Australia. Then 20, Roddick won an Open era
longest fifth set 21-19 in a match that finished after 2:30 a.m.,
also under the roof at Rod Laver Arena.
"Yeah, I thought about it," Roddick said.
Roddick came into the tournament after leading the United States
to its first Davis Cup title since 1995 and winning the Kooyong
exhibition tuneup for the third straight time. He left with his
quest for a second major to go with his 2003 U.S. Open title still
"It's rough, yeah, but that's sports, man," Roddick said. "If
you don't want an emotional rollercoaster, if you want to be serene
and kind of chilled out all day, then get a job serving Margaritas
at the beach.
"When you decide to be a pro athlete you're going to have ups,
you're going to have downs, you're going to have extreme highs and
extreme lows. That's just the nature of the beast."
No. 2 Rafael Nadal saved six set points in the first against
Frenchman Gilles Simon before winning 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. The Spaniard
faces another Frenchman in the fourth round after No. 23 Paul-Henri
Mathieu rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 8-6 win over
Austria's Stefan Koubek.
"In every tournament, you have to overcome difficult moments.
It's important, because you feel the pressure," Nadal said. "It's
important to play in difficult moments and is important to have
alternatives when the things are not doing very well."
A section of the draw that could have offered a fourth-round
showdown between friends and U.S. Davis Cup teammates -- Roddick and
Mardy Fish -- will now feature Kohlschreiber against No. 24 Jarkko
Nieminen, who beat Fish in four sets.