Roddick upset by Monfils in Austria


Third-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by wild card Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 today in the quarterfinals of the Hypo Group International.

Monfils, ranked 75th, combined eight aces with strong forehands and drop shots from the baseline.

"Normally you win the point when you hit the ball in a corner three times &

but not so against Monfils," Roddick said. "He's a great athlete and seems to get every ball back."

Monfils moves to the semifinals to face fourth-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, who beat Diego Hartfield of Argentina 6-2, 6-2. Luis Horna of Peru defeated Albert Montanes of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-1.

Roddick was broken for the first time in the tournament while serving for the first set at 5-4. Another break by the Frenchman earned him the opening set.

Roddick, who missed three break points in the first game of the second set, was broken in the next game and received a warning for smashing his racket to the court. Roddick missed two more chances on Monfils' serve at 4-1 down.

"I am very happy with my performance this week &

it is a real confidence booster for me," said the 20-year-old Monfils, who sat out seven months with foot and ankle injuries. "I knew how to play Roddick as I beat him last year. I am tall and can reach a lot of his serves."

Monfils advanced to his first semifinal since the ATP Masters Series in Rome in May, when he beat Roddick in the quarterfinals.

Hewitt broke Hartfield twice to build a 3-0 lead in the first set.

"It was very important for me to start well and put him under immediate pressure," Hewitt said. "I just wouldn't allow him to play his usual game."

Hartfield broke back once, but had few chances during service games of Hewitt, who ended the match with an ace on his first match point.

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