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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Roddick Sent Packing as Russians Enter Quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Roddick tumbled out of the Australian Open on Sunday, losing 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to unseeded Marcos Baghdatis in the fourth round.

Roddick, the No. 2 seed, was unsettled by the high-energy Baghdatis, a 20-year-old former junior world champion from Cyprus.

After dropping just one service game in his three previous matches, Roddick was broken once in each of the first, third and fourth sets. Baghdatis had 16 aces, one more than Roddick, and only 26 unforced errors.

"I'm just in my own world and playing great tennis," Baghdatis said. "I think it's one of the best matches of my life."

Earlier, top-ranked Lindsay Davenport set up a quarterfinal match with Justine Henin-Hardenne, overcoming left ankle pain to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4. The eighth-seeded Henin-Hardenne beat Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-0, 6-3.

Fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova went down a break in the second set before recovering to win six of the last seven games in a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Daniela Hantuchova, who ousted defending champion Serena Williams in the third round.

Baghdatis, ranked 54th, advanced to a quarterfinal against the winner of Sunday's later match between No. 7 Ivan Ljubicic and No. 10 Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open champion.

It was a disappointing exit for Roddick, the American who had a shocking first-round loss in the U.S. Open -- the last Grand Slam event.

Roddick had 39 winners and 31 kunforced errors. "I didn't play that badly -- plus eight in winners to errors -- I looked and I won more total points," said Roddick. "I think I would have beaten most people today, but credit where it's due, he played a very good match."

Davenport said she was playing better now than she was in 2000, when she captured her last Grand Slam singles title at Melbourne Park. "I feel like I'm playing some of my best tennis," Davenport said. "It's unfortunate that all the other girls are playing so much better. This is the highest level we've ever competed at."

Sharapova next faces fellow Russian Nadia Petrova, who beat Yelena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1.

Sharapova was one player who was happy the fourth-round singles matches were under played under a roof. "Today was probably one of the hottest days I've ever experienced in my life," she said.

The unpleasant conditions kept the day's attendance to 22,679, more than 10,000 less than the same day last year.

Davenport on Friday needed three sets to knock out budding Russian star Maria Kirilenko, eventually winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, while Martina Hingis' unlikely comeback showed no signs of slowing after Switzlerland's three-time Australian Open champion swept aside Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday.

There was better news for Anastasia Myskina, seeded 12th, who beat Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday. Igor Andreyev's 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 defeat to 12th-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia left only Nikolai Davydenko, who overcame home player Nathan Healey, to fly the Russian flag for the men going into the second week in Melbourne.