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Jan
12

Another American goes out as Roddick retires down 2 sets to 1.

Lleyton Hewitt has advanced to the third round of Australian Open 2012 following the retirement of Andy Roddick. With the scoreline poised at 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the Australian’s favour, Roddick pulled out of the match. The American called the trainer at 3-0 in the second set, after falling over. Hewitt next faces Milos Raonic of Canada, the 23rd seed. “I’m just happy to be out here,” Hewitt said.

The former No. 1 said he suffered a similar injury while training in December. On Thursday night in Melbourne, he suffered the injury early in the second set when he lunged awkwardly. He said he might have hyperextended the hamstring. Roddick aid he could only move at 60 to 70 percent of his ability and could not get proper extension. “He’s a tough guy to play, Roddick said. “You can try to ham and egg it against a lot of guys. But he’s really intelligent. He knew what was going on. Then you’re out there and you’re wondering, listen, even if this goes your way, you’re not going to play in two days. So it’s a miserable, terrible thing being out there compromised like that. It really sucks.” The 2003 U.S. Open champion says he hopes to return at the tournament in San Jose in three weeks’ time. He will not play Davis Cup against Switzerland in early February, but said he had no real plans of playing anyway.

 

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