Roddick’s future in doubt after former world No.1 departs centre court

Andy Roddick of the USA blows a kiss to the crowd in what may be his last match at the All England championships. Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Sam Querry of the USA in the second-longest match in Wimbledon history.
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Ana Ivanovic of Serbia is one match shy of her first grand slam quarter-final appearance since 2008.

Jumping for joy … Serena Williams through to the fourth round.

Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan became just the second player in the Open era to record a golden set by winning all 24 points in the first set against Italy’s Sara Errani.

A departing Andy Roddick waved and blew a kiss to the centre court crowd at Wimbledon after what may be his farewell match at the grasscourt grand slam. The three-time finalist and former No.1 will return for the Olympics, but speculation persists that this season will be his last.


Today against Spanish ball machine David Ferrer, Roddick started out like the player he was in his prime, but finished as something a little closer to the player he has become, while still much better than the player he had been for much of this year until his fortunes were revived as a late entrant to Eastbourne, where he last week won the title.

Roddick won the first four games, but Ferrer the last four and the match 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-3, to reach the round-of-16, where he will play Juan Martin Del Potro.

Roddick, though, could not say whether he would be back next year. “I don’t have an answer for you,” the 29-year-old replied to the inevitable retirement questions. “If I don’t have a definitive answer in my mind, then it’s going to be tough for me articulate a definitive answer to you.”

Twelve days ago, Roddick said he just wanted to play good tennis again, “play where I feel good on the court and I’m doing what I want to do. Between last week and here I felt like we got to that point.

It was a good match. My last eight matches dating back to last week have all been very, very positive, especially compared to what I was putting out there earlier this year.”

“I thought I played well. I had one really good look at a forehand on a set point in the second set; just clipped the tape. You know, that was a big, big turning point there.”

Wimbledon enters its annual rest day, and Croatian Marin Cilic will take it, having spent five hours and 31 minutes getting past Sam Querrey 17-15 in the fifth set of the day’s extended event, in the second longest match in the tournament’s history, after the John Isner-Nicolas Mahut ultra-marathon of two years ago. Cilic first served for the match at 6-5 in a final set that lasted more than two hours.

Rather predictably, the game’s newest celebrity, Czech Lukas Rosol, could not follow-up his astonishing fifth set performance against Rafael Nadal, and was bounced by German 27th seed Philipp Kolschreiber 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the more modest surrounds of court 12. Reality bites back a second time next week for the world No.100. Next stop: a Challenger event in Germany.

David Goffin, who bounced Australia’s Bernard Tomic from the first round, failed to become just the second man to reach the last 16 at his first two grand slams, having been eliminated 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6) by 10th seed Mardy Fish. The American is playing just his first tournament since an operation in May to correct an accelerated heart-rate problem that first surfaced in Miami in March.

Serena Williams served a Wimbledon record 23 aces in her two-hour, 28-minute stoush with dogged Zheng Jie, the Chinese No.2 who lost to Williams in a semi-final here four years ago but threatened to exact her revenge in a centre-court epic. Zheng’s key failing was her inability to convert any of her six break points against the four-time champion, who has endured a lean stretch at grand slam level, and was wildly relieved to have won 6-7(5-7), 6-2, 9-7.

Williams plays wildcard Yaroslava Shvedova, who set a very different kind of record by playing a so-called “golden set” in which she won all 24 points – just the second player known to have done so in the Open era after American Bill Scanlon in 1983. Shvedova trounced Roland Garros finalist Sara Errani 6-0, 6-4 to reach her second grand slam fourth round.

Ana Ivanovic won the all-glamour affair on court two against Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and now meets second seed Victoria Azarenka for a place in the Serb’s first grand slam quarter-final since her 2008 French Open triumph. Italian Roberta Vinci, the 21st seed, ended the fairytale of mature-aged qualifier Mirjana Lucic and will next plays Tamira Paszek, while defending champion Petra Kvitova lost a single game against Varvara Lepchenko and will meet Francesca Schiavone, who dropped her opening set of the tournament, but has won the past six.

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