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Roddick reaches fourth round of French Open

May 30, 2009

For the first time in his career, Andy Roddick advanced Saturday to the fourth round of the French Open, beating Marc Gicquel of France 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
With the victory, Roddick is just the second American to reach the fourth round at the French Open since 2003. He also is the only American male still playing at Roland Garros in this year’s event.
Roddick has reached at least the semifinals in every Grand Slam event — including a U.S. Open title in 2003 — except for the French Open, where his previous best was a third round loss in his first appearance at Roland Garros in 2001.
So, while most tennis fans and experts anticipate another Federer-Nadal final — especially with No. 4-seeded Novak Djokovic losing in straight sets Saturday — it will be interesting to see if Roddick can make a run at his first French Open semifinal.
To get there, however, Roddick will need to defeat Federer in the quarterfinals, a match that should be fun to watch regardless of outcome.
Next up for Roddick: another Frenchman, Gael Monfils. And a win would set up a likely showdown between Roddick and Federer, barring any unforeseen struggles from Federer.
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