American hopes in tatters as Roddick and Blake fall

The Stars and Stripes were flying at half mast here last night as the United States were left with just one player in the men's singles following the second-round defeats of Andy Roddick and James Blake. The last American standing is Bobby Reynolds, the world No 102.

Roddick, the No 6 seed and twice a beaten finalist here, was beaten 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 by Janko Tipsarevic, who made up for Serbia's disappointment at seeing Novak Djokovic lose to Marat Safin 24 hours earlier. Blake, who has never gone beyond the third round at the All England Club, was beaten 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 by the veteran German Rainer Schüttler.

Although Roddick had been troubled by a shoulder injury in the build-up to the grass-court season, his defeat is a surprise. Since parting company with Jimmy Connors, his coach, he had beaten Rafael Nadal and Djokovic on the way to the title in Dubai and knocked out Roger Federer, ending a run of 11 successive defeats to the world No 1, en route to the semi-finals in Miami "I pretty much just choked it," Roddick said. "It's like you want something so bad you squeeze too tight."

The match was close throughout, but Tipsarevic took a crucial advantage when he broke serve in the fifth game of the third set. The American wasted eight break points in the fourth set, which was settled by a tie-break. Tipsarevic's mini-break to lead 5-4, secured with a fine backhand winner down the line, proved crucial and the world No 40 converted his first match point with a service winner.

Tipsarevic, who said the Centre Court and Wimbledon were his favourite court and favourite tournament, often saves his best for the Grand Slam events. He beat Fernando Gonzalez at Wimbledon last year and took Federer to five sets at the Australian Open in January.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there