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Andy Roddick out with leg injury
MELBOURNE, Australia — Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open, winning a matchup between champions of two warmup tournaments when she beat Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-4 on Friday.
Barthel hit 20 winners — one more than the third-seeded Belarusian — but she was broken three times and failed to convert three break opportunities, including one when Azarenka was serving for the match.
“I’ve been playing in the end not brave enough to finish the match … I had to get a little,” angry, Azarenka said. She wasn’t able to review a line call in the last game after wasting three challenges. “I was wrong three times so it’s my fault, too.”
No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer, with 26 Grand Slam titles between them, play in back-to-back men’s matches on Rod Laver Arena.
He needed a medical timeout after injuring his right hamstring in the second set and played 16 more games before finally retiring when Hewitt gained a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 lead.
“It’s a miserable, terrible thing being out there compromised like that,” Roddick said.
The 29-year-old American knew he wouldn’t be able to fool an opponent he was playing for the 14th time, one of the few players on the tour older than he is, somebody who was ranked No. 1 before he was and someone with one more Grand Slam title.
When he knew he needed to win two more sets to advance, he called the trainer, then walked over to shake Hewitt’s hand.
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