Roddick ends Nole’s run in Cincinnati

World number three Novak Djokovic lost for the fourth tıme in a row to American Andy Roddick, this time in the last eight of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati in straight sets, 4-6 5-7, in 1 hour and 23 minutes.

A break in the fifth game of the first set was enough for Roddick to take it 6-4 in 35 minutes.

The American broke Djokovic’s service in the third game of the second set and then held to increase his lead to 3-1. He was serving for the match at 5-4, when Novak earned two break points and used his second opportunity with a forehand down the line to equalise the result. The 23-year-old Serb played three bad points in the eleventh game and lost his service game to love. Roddick was serving for the match for the second time, and this time he saved a break point and closed the set and match 7-5 to book himself a place in the last four.

The maın reason Nole lost was the number of the unforced errors he made, 32 (18 more than hıs opponent). He hıt more wınners than Roddıck (27-17) but that dıdn´t help. Djokovıc made 2 double faults to the Amerıcan’s 4.

“The game overall was terrible,” said Djokovic after the match. “I just played a very bad match, even though it was 6-4, 7-5. Every time I needed to do play well, I made some mistakes, especially from forehand side, which is my stronger side. He was just kind of making me play an extra shot, and I was making unforced errors from all over the court. It was just terrible.”

Novak’s next tournament is the last Grand Slam of the season, US Open. Competitions at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows (New York) begin on August 30, and last until September 12.

Last year Djokovic reached semi-finals where he lost to Roger Federer 6-7 (3), 5-7, 5-7.

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