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Roddick loses it after 'ridiculous' call

THE temperature is rising even further in New York as former champion Andy Roddick today crashed out of the US Open after ranting at a line judge who called a foot fault against him.

Roddick was serving at 5-2 down in the third set of his second-round match with Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic when a line judge called the fault on what would have been an ace.

The ninth seed appeared to ask the female official if it was his right foot which caused the fault and was told it was, when in fact it was his left foot which touched the line.

"Not once in my career has my right foot gone in front of my left foot, never. That is unbelievable," Roddick complained. "Why don't you get some umpires who know what they are doing? 1-800-rent-a-ref."

The 28-year-old's tirade went on for some time while he also told umpire Enrique Molina, "I think you and I both know that's ridiculous", as he left the court to change after the set.

Tipsarevic won that set 6-3 and went on to seal a 3-6 7-5 6-3 7-6 victory to book his place in the third round.

Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych crashed out in the first round after losing to France's Michael Llodra. World No35 Llodra just missed out on being seeded for the main draw, but proved why he was a player many wanted to avoid with a 7-6 6-4 6-4 victory.

Andy Murray will take on Dustin Brown tomorrow after beating Slovakia's Lukas Lack. The world No4 needing just one hour and 51 minutes to complete a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory amid sweltering conditions.

Reigning women's champion Kim Clijsters insisted her game was still a work in progress despite easing into the third round of the US Open with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian qualifier Sally Peers.

The 27-year-old Belgian, who won the title 12 months ago in only her 14th match and third tournament since coming out of retirement, managed to get just 51pc of her first serves in and committed 21 unforced errors.

"I just had to find my footing again a little bit," said Clijsters, who is seeded second behind Caroline Wozniacki, the player she beat in last year's final.

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic showed she's rediscovering the form which made her world No1 after also cruising into the third round at Flushing Meadows.

Ivanovic dropped just five games in beating Ekaterina Makarova in the opening round and lost just three today as she thrashed China's 21st seed Jie Zheng 6-3 6-0.

The 22-year-old, who has dropped to 40th in the world rankings due to injuries and a loss of form, had lost two of her previous three matches against Zheng.

Third seed Venus Williams was pushed all the way by Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino before eventually recording a 7-6 6-3 victory.

The two-time champion will face another qualifier in the third round after Mandy Minella, the world No185 from Luxembourg, dispatched 32nd seed Tsvetana Pironkova for the loss of just four games.


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