Originally created 06/02/01

After the fall, Roddick exits French Open



PARIS -- Andy Roddick tumbled across the court in the third set and pulled a muscle Friday, forcing the rising star to quit against Lleyton Hewitt and exit the French Open.

Roddick limped away with tears in his eyes. He had seemed ready for a big day by winning the first set against the sixth-seeded Australian. But he left the third-round match with the score tied 6-7 (6), 6-4, 2-2.

"I pulled it the last match, and I pulled it again back there," he said after the jarring end to his second Grand Slam tournament.

Roddick was running to hit a forehand when he tripped. He landed hard on his right hip and rolled over. He stayed there several minutes, crouching in pain at the back of the court. A trainer bandaged his left thigh.

Roddick said there was no tear, calling the injury a strain. He intends to play Wimbedon.

"Early in the second, I was having trouble running to the right," he said. "I slipped on the tarp and tried to resist."

The 18-year-old American saved seven set points before taking the first set. Hewitt regained his composure to win the second set.

"It was good tennis," Roddick said. "It definitely would have been a battle. I was having a lot of fun."

The withdrawal ended a brief but promising run for Roddick at Roland Garros. He defeated former champion Michael Chang in the second round, serving 37 aces and overcoming cramps to win the five-set marathon.

"It's always hard. You definitely don't want to play a match and get over the line that way," Hewitt said. "You've got to take it. ... I'm happy to be through."

Earlier, 11th-seeded Tim Henman was ousted in five sets by Argentina's Guillermo Canas. Canas won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, closing the match with a forehand down the line.

"He's a great player, and I think that great players can play on any kind of surface," said Canas, whose first title came in April at Casablanca, Morocco. His next match is against Hewitt.

Henman has never gotten past the third round in six attempts at the French. Although rarely comfortable on clay, he reached the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters Series in April, becoming the first British player to do so since 1975. He was 7-4 on clay this season before Friday's loss.

No. 15 Jelena Dokic was a surprise casualty among the women, losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Hungarian qualifier Petra Mandula, ranked 131st. Dokic had seven double faults.

The 18-year-old Yugoslav had lost only three games before the match and was considered a contender in the bottom half of the draw. She came to Roland Garros fresh from her first title, the Italian Open, where she beat Amelie Mauresmo in the final.

Defending champion Gustavo Kuerten survived a third-round match against Morocco's Karim Alami, winning 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-2. The top-seeded Kuerten also won the French in 1997.

Former champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov downed Belgium's Olivier Rochus 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3.

"Hopefully, I can accomplish the same success in this tournament that I had a few years ago," said Kafelnikov, the 1996 champion. The seventh-seeded Russian has not won a title on clay since taking the Roland Garros crown.

No. 4 Juan Carlos Ferrero dropped his first set of the tournament in beating fellow Spaniard Jacobo Diaz 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-2. Ferrero, nicknamed "Mosquito" for his lanky build, is one of the strongest players on clay this season and could face defending champion Gustavo Kuerten in the semifinals.

No. 14 Thomas Enqvist defeated Jiri Novak in five sets.

Proving she is one of the top contenders among the women, Kim Clijsters eliminated Spain's Marta Marrero 6-2, 6-2. The 17-year-old Belgian overwhelmed Marrero, a quarterfinalist last year, with her powerful serve and forehand.

Barbara Schett, the unseeded Austrian who beat Venus Williams in her opening match, also advanced Friday, defeating Spaniard Nuria Llagostera 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

Clijsters, seeded 12th, does not face serious competition until the quarterfinals, where she most likely will meet Yugoslav Jelena Dokic.

No. 14 Justine Henin is the only other seeded woman in the bottom half of the draw. Four were eliminated in the opening round, including No. 2 Venus Williams and No. 5 Amelie Mauresmo. No. 7 Elena Dementieva was beaten in the second round.

Henin celebrated her 19th birthday in style Friday, defeating French hopeful Virginie Razzano 6-3, 6-4. She faces Schett in the fourth round.