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Roddick outlasts Gonzalez to survive upset Sunday

Published:Monday | January 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):

Andy Roddick somehow found a way to survive a Sunday of upsets at the Australian Open that resulted in fourth-round exits for US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and two of the top three women.

The seventh-seeded Roddick rallied to beat Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 and advance to the quarter-finals at the season's first major for the sixth time in eight years. He will next meet No. 14 Marin Cilic, who ousted del Potro in five sets and four hours, 38 minutes earlier in the evening.

"I got a little lucky tonight, but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," said Roddick, who is hoping to end a Grand Slam title drought that dates back to the 2003 US Open.

Two of Russia's top hopes were ousted, but replaced by other Russians in the women's draw.

Second-ranked Dinara Safina retired due to a back problem while she was down 4-5, serving at 30-40 in the first set against Maria Kirilenko, who had ousted 2008 champion and fellow Russian Maria Sharapova in the first round.

No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to Nadia Petrova, who went into the match after a stunning, 6-0, 6-1 third-round victory over US Open champion Kim Clijsters.

While the seeded players dropped, former No. 1, Justine Henin, continued her run in her first Grand Slam tournament in two years with a 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3 win over fellow Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, keeping her on track for a quarter-final meeting with Petrova.

The other leading men are still here.

Defending champion Nadal and Andy Murray held off two of the tallest men and biggest servers in tennis earlier on Rod Laver Arena to set up a quarter-final matchup.

Nadal wins

Nadal, who beat Federer in the 2009 final, had a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over 6'10" Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, the tallest man on the tour.

No. 5 Murray overcame 6'9" American John Isner 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final eight in Australia for the first time. The 22-year-old Scot has not dropped a set in four matches.

No. 1 Federer and No. 3 Djokovic play their fourth-round matches today.

In an afternoon match, 2008 Wimbledon semi-finalist Zheng Jie set another national mark by becoming the first Chinese player to reach the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park with a 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory over Alona Bondarenko. She next plays Kirilenko.