Roddick keeps retirement at bay, Stosur and Sharapova advance

Updated: September 3, 2012

American 20th seed Roddick delayed his retirement by advancing to the fourth round with a 7-5, 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Italy’s Fabio Fognini, at the US Open on Sunday.

Roddick, the 2003 US Open winner who will retire once this tournament is over, will play for a spot in the quarterfinals against 2009 winner Juan Martin Del Potro, the seventh seed from Argentina.

Del Potro defeated 63rd-ranked compatriot Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (11/9) in a three-hour 20-minute marathon which was wrapped up on his sixth match point.

Del Potro’s win in New York three years ago was the only occasion in the last 30 majors that the champion wasn’t Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Djokovic.

Djokovic coasted past French 30th seed Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 despite being forced to open up play on day seven at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Lleyton Hewitt, was knocked out by low-profile Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, a semifinalist in 2007, who clinched a 7-6 (11/9), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win.

Ferrer, a semifinalist already this year at the French Open, and a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, has five titles to his name in 2012 second only to world No 1 Federer.

Gasquet beat 245-ranked US college champion Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-3.

Hewitt, 31, and Ferrer were two of eight players 30-or-older to reach the third round, the most since 1974.

Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic, a quarterfinalist in 2011, made the last 16, beating Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 and will now face Kohlschreiber for a quarterfinal spot.

In the ladies draw, defending champion Samantha Stosur ended the giant-killing run of 18-year-old Briton Laura Robson with a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 win in the fourth round.

Maria Sharapova, back in the US Open’s last eight for the first time since she won the title six years ago, sent fellow Russian Nadia Petrova packing with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

Sharapova will next face French 11th seed Marion Bartoli, who beat Czech fifth seeded left-hander Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon winner, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0, to book her first trip to the US Open quarterfinals in her 11th attempt.

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus advanced to the US Open quarterfinals for the first time in her career by defeating Georgia’s Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-2.

Top seed Azarenka, the reigning Australian Open champion, will next face seventh-seeded defending champion Samantha Stosur of Australia.

Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Andy Murray are the headline acts at the US Open on today.

Top-seeded Federer will play 23rd-seeded American Mardy Fish during the day session in Arthur Ashe Stadium before Murray, the Olympic champion, takes on big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic during the prime-time night session.

Federer’s match will be preceded by Williams against Czechoslovakia’s Andrea Hlavackova for a place in the quarterfinals.

The first match on Louis Armstrong Stadium has an edge with sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych meets 11th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

The pair played a heated match in the fourth round of the Australian Open when they refused to shake hands after Berdych completed his four-set triumph.