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Wimbledon: Roddick falls foul of Lu

London: Sweat seeping from his baseball cap after four hours scratching for his game on a dusty baseline, Andy Roddick became Wimbledon`s biggest casualty when he lost to the son of a Taiwanese chicken farmer.

Just as it seemed the serious contenders for the titles had survived the most hectic day on the grand slam calendar, last year`s runner-up was cut down by Lu Yen-hsun whose previous four Wimbledon appearances ended in first-round defeats.

Lu thoroughly deserved his 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 9-7 fourth-round victory to become the first Asian man to reach a grand slam quarter-final since Japan`s Shuzo Matsuoka`s run at the All England Club in 1995.

"I`m really proud of myself to share this victory with my dad who is in the sky," Lu, whose father died 10 years ago, told reporters. "I hope he saw this match. When I won I just sat there and said I did this for my father."

While Roddick`s tournament came to an abrupt end on a day of withering heat, defending men`s champion Roger Federer was the epitome of cool as the Swiss glided past old pal Juergen Melzer into the quarter-finals.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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