End of the road for Djokovic

Dementieva exits; Serena, Roddick safely through


Serbia’s Djokovic were knocked out 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 by Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber while Dementieva’s hopes of winning her maiden Grand Slam fizzled when she went down 3-6, 6-4, 1-6 against Australia’s Samantha Stosur. 

Second seeded Serena Williams’ of US too had to survive the shock of losing the first set against Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez before winning the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Earlier, Andy Roddick produced a sizzling display to reach the fourth round of the French Open for the first time but Elena Dementieva's hopes of winning a maiden Grand Slam title fizzled out on Saturday.  Roland Garros has never been a happy hunting ground for Roddick as the highlight of his seven previous visits had been a third-round appearance on his debut in 2001.

He finally climbed over that hump with a brilliantly crafted 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Marc Gicquel, holding his arms aloft in triumph as he watched the Frenchman's service return sail over his head and beyond the baseline on match point.

"It's three matches, it's a lot better than I've done here before," a beaming Roddick said before he walked off court.

While Roddick was enjoying a French Open renaissance, women's fourth seed Dementieva was already looking ahead to Wimbledon after fading to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 defeat by Australian Samantha Stosur.

The Russian was lucky to survive the previous round as she was trailing by a set when another Australian, Jelena Dokic, was forced to quit injured.

There was to be no respite on Saturday and after being dragged around court for more than two hours, a lethargic Dementieva looked almost relieved when Stosur's forehand winner flew past her outstretched racquet on match point.

Svetlana Kuznetsova's pursuit of a maiden French Open title gathered momentum when she dispatched Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-1, 6-3 with the minimum of fuss.  The Russian seventh seed has lost only 11 games in three matches and next up for her will be Polish 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 6-4.
Serbian fifth seed Jelena Jankovic has been more miserly as she has dropped 10 games in total, including the two she allowed Australian Jarmila Groth to win in a 6-1, 6-1 hammering.

Open results on Saturday

Third-round results (prefix denotes seeding): Men’s singles:

29-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt 4-Novak Djokovic (Ser) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 16-Tommy Robredo (Spa) bt Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-0.9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt Christophe Rochus (Bel) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; 5-Juan Martin del Potro (Arg) bt 25-Igor Andreev (Rus) 6-4, 7-5, 6-4; 11-Gael Monfils (Fra) bt 24-Juergen Melzer (Aut) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; 6-Andy Roddick (US) bt Marc Gicquel (Fra) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4; Tommy Haas (Ger) bt Jeremy Chardy (Fra) 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Women’s singles: 2-Serena Williams (US) bt MJ Martinez (Spa) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; 5-Jelena Jankovic (Ser) bt Jarmila Groth (Slo) 6-1, 6-1; Virginie Razzano (Fra) bt Tathiana Garbin (Ita) 7-5, 7-5; 24-Aleksandra Wozniak (Can) bt Lourdes Lino (Spa) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; 9-Victoria Azarenka (Bela) bt 22-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2; 12-A Radwanska (Pol) bt Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) 6-2, 6-4; 30-Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt 4-Elena Dementieva (Rus) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1;

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