Djokovic retires, Roddick through Semifinals

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Andy Roddick has made the semifinals of Australian Open 2009 after ill opponent Novak Djokovic was forced to retire in the fourth set of their quarterfinal clash on Tuesday afternoon at a warm Rod Laver Arena

With temperatures hovering in the mid-30s, Roddick was leading 6-7(3) 6-4 6-2 2-1 when Djokovic, the men’s singles champion in 2008, retired after two hours and 29 minutes.
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Roddick who has now qualified for his fourth Melbourne Park semifinal, will play the winner of tonight’s quarterfinal between Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina and three-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer of Switzerland.

Quick facts
Roddick served at 71 per cent for the match, and had 16 aces to Djokovic’s eight
Djokovic had 39 unforced errors to Roddick’s 14
Roddick won 87 per cent of points when his first serve was successful
Both players recorded 43 winners
Roddick’s fastest first serve was 224km/h
Djokovic converted his only break point chance, while Roddick was 5-for-12 (42 per cent) on break point opportunities

012709 tuesday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images

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