Andy Roddick Loses to Qualifier
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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ Andy Roddick failed to handle the overpowering serve of qualifier Julien Boutter and was beaten 6-3, 7-5 Thursday in the third round of the $2.8 million Hamburg Masters Series.
Boutter won the first set with a strong forehand. He broke serve to take a 6-5 lead in the second set and fired an ace on his second match point to clinch the upset over the 13th-seeded Roddick.
``He was serving huge, he hit some unreal shots from the baseline,″ Roddick said. ``He went for broke and they went in. He beat me fair and square.″
In other matches, second-seeded Gustavo Kuerten beat Guillermo Canas 7-5, 6-2; and Max Mirnyi beat qualifier Mariano Zabaleta 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Kuerten, who won the tournament two years ago, wasted two set points in squandering a 5-2 lead in the first set. Canas lost the set on a double fault.
Kuerten, who beat Canas for the sixth straight time, is playing his third tournament since undergoing hip surgery in February.
``Everything seems to get smoother as I win matches,″ Kuerten said. ``It’s important for me to get to the semis, I haven’t been in a semifinal for something like six months.″
Kuerten said his recovery seemed to be ahead of schedule.
``I can do everything, the guys are testing me, hitting me with every shot they can, but I am landing shots to win big points.
``I can still improve, but if I’m winning like this I can get to my previous level.″