Andy Roddick loses, blows kiss

Updated: June 30, 2012, 7:50 PM ET
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WIMBLEDON, England -- As one American man continued his comeback in his first competition since a heart procedure, another blew a kiss to the Wimbledon crowd after falling in four sets.

Three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick lost in the third round Saturday, beaten by No. 7-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-3.

The 30th-seeded Roddick blew a kiss to the crowd at Centre Court as he left.

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Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesAndy Roddick shows his appreciation for the Centre Court crowd after a third-round exit from Wimbledon. Roddick took the first set easily against David Ferrer but dropped the next three.

Roddick, whose 2003 U.S. Open victory was the last Grand Slam title for an American man, was broken four times. He had been on a seven-match winning streak, including a title on grass as a wild card at Eastbourne a week ago.

Roddick's ranking is in decline at age 29, and he wouldn't say whether he thinks he'll be back for Wimbledon next year.

"If I don't have a definitive answer in my own mind, it's going to be tough for me to articulate a definitive answer to you," he said.

Tenth-seeded Mardy Fish beat David Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6) Saturday to reach the fourth round.

The American hit 17 aces and accumulated a total of 56 winners, 21 more than Goffin.

Fish also saved the only break point he faced, while breaking Goffin once -- which was enough.

Hours after losing a match at Key Biscayne, Fla., in late March, Fish went to be checked by doctors after his heart started racing. He pulled out of the U.S. Davis Cup team's quarterfinal against France the following week.

In May, doctors induced extreme palpitations to try to pinpoint the problem.

Fish reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year, his best showing at the grass-court tournament.

Ferrer, a semifinalist at the French Open, got to the round of 16 at the All England Club for the third consecutive year and fourth time overall. He's never made it to the quarterfinals.

He faces No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro next.

No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga swept Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 and next faces Fish.

Marin Cilic of Croatia outlasted another American, Sam Querrey, 17-15 in the fifth set after 5½ hours of play Saturday to reach Wimbledon's fourth round for the first time since 2008.

It was the second longest singles match in tournament history, by time. The record is the 11 hours, 5 minutes for John Isner's 70-68 fifth-set victory over Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

The 16th-seeded Cilic won 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-7 (3), 17-15. He got the pivotal break at 15-15 in the fifth when the 64th-ranked Querrey double-faulted, then put a forehand into the net.

Cilic then served it out, getting the last two points when Querrey sailed a forehand out at the end of a 30-stroke exchange, then put a backhand return long.

"I'm bummed. I'm sad," Querrey said. "But I'm sure tomorrow I'll be over it and really look back and say that was a great match and it's a good stepping stone for the summer."

Andy Murray set a new record of his own, beating Marcos Baghdatis in the latest match ever to finish at Wimbledon, wrapping up a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory at 11:02 p.m. Saturday underneath the Centre Court roof.

The deadline for stopping play under the roof is 11 p.m. but organizers allowed the match to continue as Murray was about to serve for the match. He served it out at love when Baghdatis sent his return long, setting off a raucous cheer from the home crowd.

The previous latest finish was 10:58 p.m.

The fourth-seeded Murray is trying to become the first Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon, and his chances have been boosted by Rafael Nadal getting knocked out in the second round. Murray and Nadal were set to meet in the semifinals.

Earlier, Nadal's ouster, Lukas Rosol, didn't even come close to pulling off another upset.

Rosol followed his win over Nadal with a much less impressive performance on Saturday, losing in straight sets to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round.

The 100th-ranked Rosol stunned the Centre Court crowd by eliminating Nadal in five sets on Thursday, but came out flat against the 27th-seeded Kohlschreiber, losing 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

"I knew that this can happen," Rosol said. "I was thinking only just to don't sleep and open eyes again and play good tennis."

The big-hitting Czech player struggled with his returns and never earned a break point. After a near-perfect serving performance against Nadal that included 22 aces, he hit just seven against Kohlschreiber in windy conditions on Court 12.

Kohlschreiber dominated most of the rallies and made only five unforced errors in the match, compared to 17 for Rosol.

Kohlschreiber, for his part, was also pleased with Rosol's previous win.

"Of course I'm very happy that I'm not playing against Rafael Nadal, that's for sure," the German said. "Of course I was hoping (Rosol) is having not that day again against me. I think also the conditions today, it was a little bit windy, we played on a smaller court, so it was everything a little bit more in my favor, I think."

Also playing early Saturday was 126th-ranked Brian Baker -- and he won, beating Benoit Paire of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 to reach the fourth round.

"It is crazy, kind of, what's going on," Baker said. "I'm still trying to stay focused on the task at hand and not get too wrapped around it. Because once you do that, I think it's tough to be able to play your best."

Baker needed five operations from 2005-08, including reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, and returned to the sport about a year ago. He began 2012 ranked 458th, but Saturday's victory is expected to move him into the top 80.

The ordeal he's been through is helping him remain grounded and focused.

"I've always been confident in my game. I always knew I was a good player," Baker said. "It was just whether the body would cooperate and whether I could get more than even six, eight, 12 months healthy and able to play."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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