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Andy Roddick Reaches Quarterfinal of US Open


Former U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick of the United States has reached the quarterfinal round in the men's draw of this year's tournament in New York.

The fifth-seeded Roddick, the men's winner in 2003, advanced past number nine Tomas Berdych Monday when his Czech opponent retired while trailing, 7-6, 2-0.

German Tommy Haas, seeded 10th, upended number six American James Blake, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6. Hass will play Russian fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko for a semifinal berth. Davydenko defeated South Korean Lee Hyung-Taik, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4.

Among early fourth round action in the women's draw, fourth seeded and 2004 women's champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 6-2, 6-3.

Kuznetsova next faces Agnes Szavay of Hungary, who was a 6-4, 7-6 winner over Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine. Shahar Peer became the first Israeli woman to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. The tournament's 18th seed ousted Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-4, 6-1. Radwanska upset defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia in the third round.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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