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Feb
12

A bad tempered Roddick bows out in San Jose.

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Andy Roddick slammed one racket, broke another, argued with the chair umpire and shouted back at his own box. At one point, he smacked a ball high into the black curtains behind the far baseline grandstand. That was maybe the only time he hit his target. Hobbled by a fresh right ankle sprain and the troublesome hamstring that forced his retirement from last month’s Australian Open, Roddick lost to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the SAP Open at HP Pavilion on Friday night. Roddick dropped every point in his first service game and never regained his rhythm in a maddening match that took only 76 minutes. “It would be abnormal if you weren’t frustrated,” said Roddick, who still plans to play at next week’s ATP Tour stop in Memphis. “The question is, ‘How do you figure your way through it?’ ” Roddick is still searching for the answer.

Earlier Friday, 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison moved closer to his first ATP singles title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Bulgaria’s Dimitar Kutrovsky. Harrison will face defending tournament champion Milos Raonic in the semifinals today after the hard-serving Canadian defeated Kevin Anderson 7-5, 7-6 (3). Istomin plays France’s Julien Benneteau, a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 winner over Steve Darcis of Belarus.

Roddick, who had a first-round bye and injured his ankle in a three-set victory over Denis Kudla on Wednesday night, is still recovering from a slight tear in his hamstring that forced his retirement in the second round of the Australian Open. In what was supposed to be the start of his return to full strength, Roddick leaves the Bay Area more hobbled than when he arrived. “It was pretty ordinary all the way around,” said Roddick, a three-time champion in San Jose. “There’s certainly a significant gap from where I am and where I need to be.”

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