Pacific Life Open: Andreev beats Roddick

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Third-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by Igor Andreev of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 on Wednesday at the Pacific Life Open.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:39 IST
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Third-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by Igor Andreev of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 on Wednesday at the Pacific Life Open. No 1 Roger Federer and No 2 Rafael Nadal had no such problems against Frenchmen. Federer, the defending two-time champ, took a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Richard Gasquet. Nadal beat Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 6-2. Federer will face Ivan Ljubicic in the quarterfinals, a repeat of their fourth-round clash last year, while Nadal will tackle Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis. Hingis wins In the women's quarterfinal, Martina Hingis was impressive again in the latest victory of her return, rolling to a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinals win over Dinara Safina of Russia. Andreev, blasted out of last year's Wimbledon in straight sets by Roddick, broke the American in the first game and held serve to win the first set without giving up a break chance. Roddick took until the second-set tiebreaker to edge ahead, but lost his momentum when he dropped his first service game in the third set, and Andreev cruised to a career-best victory. Roddick, a former No 1 whose 11-5 match record this year includes four losses to players ranked outside the top 50, showed his frustration after double-faulting to fall behind 5-1 in the third set, slamming his racket on the court and smashing it. "It's just frustration. We've all been there, except I have people watching when I break something," said Roddick. "I'm mad with the way I played. I was competing well, then just let it get away for no apparent reason. I was fine until I just went mental at the end. I just checked out in the middle of the third set." He finished the match with 45 unforced errors - 29 with his forehand - and only 13 winners, to 35 unforced errors and 34 winners by Andreev. Injury woes Nadal turned his ankle in the opening set against Grosjean and took a timeout, but didn't show any significant effects of the injury during the rest of the match. Afterwards, he pulled out of the doubles competition, saying that was a precautionary move and that he believes his ankle is going to be okay for his next match. He's not scheduled to play on Thursday. A day after ousting two-time winner Lindsay Davenport, Hingis impressed against 10th-seeded Safina with her shot placement and footwork. "So far, so good. I'm definitely very happy with the progress I'm making," Hingis said. "Today probably wasn't my prettiest game, but it was effective." "Now I've got a day of rest, and will see what I can do in the semifinals." Also advancing on the men's side was Paradorn Srichaphan, who beat fourth-seeded David Nalbandian 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 and will now play Jarkko Nieminen of Finland. Ivan Ljubicic beat fellow Croatian Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-4 while Baghdatis defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-1. (AP)

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