Men`s top 10 in Tennis to be without Americans for first time

Washington: Andy Roddick`s upset loss to 13th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon at the Washington Classic means no American man will be in the top 10 for the first time in the ranking system`s 37-year history.

The 27-year-old Roddick, currently ninth in the world, will tumble out of the prestigious group when new rankings come out next week, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) said on Friday.

A lethargic Roddick, seeded second at the USD 1.2 million hardcourt tournament, was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Simon in their third-round match on Thursday.

With fellow Americans John Isner, Mardy Fish and Ryan Sweeting beaten in the third round, Roddick`s loss also ensured no American would play in the last eight for the first time in the Washington Classic, which dates back to 1969.

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