New York :US ninth seed Andy Roddick made a shocking second-round exit from the US Open on Wednesday with Serbia's 44th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic firing 66 winners in a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) victory.
Roddick, whose lone Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open was the most recent Slam crown won by an American, suffered his only worse Flushing Meadows finish with a first-round exit in 2005.
Tipsarevic connected on 59 percent of his first serves and won 81 percent of those points (58 of 72).
"First serve was huge," Tipsarevic said. "Big first serve percentage helped me win."
Tipsarevic next faces French 17th seed Gael Monfils, who celebrated his 24th birthday by ousting 121st-rated Igor Andreev 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. The Russian, slowed by knee and ankle injuries, had won four of five prior matches against Monfils.
"He's maybe after (top seed Rafael) Nadal the guy who is moving the best on the court, playing really well," Tipsarevic said. "If I play like I did today, I might have a chance to win."
After splitting the first two sets, Roddick fell behind in the third but gathered energy after a foot fault controversy.With Roddick serving down 2-5 in the third set, a line judge called a foot fault that television replays showed was correct.But when Roddick asked her which foot he committed the violation with, she mistakenly said the right, giving Roddick something to verbally complain about into the next set.
"Why don't you get some umpires who know what they are doing?" Roddick said. "Try 1-800-Rent-A-Ref!"
"My right foot? Really? Right foot?" Roddick yelled. "Had time to think about how that is physically impossible?"
Roddick battled back to hold serve but Tipsarevic battled through five set points before finally smacking a backhand down the line winner past Roddick to claim the set.
"I'm either really talented or she messed up really bad. That's ridiculous. I think we both know that's ridiculous," Roddick said to the chair umpire after the set, muttering an obscenity as he walked to the locker room for a shirt.
A line judge called a foot fault on Roddick in the first game of the fourth set but he went on to hold serve as both men did into the 12th game, when Roddick won a point replay with a video appeal only to lose the replayed point.
"It went in the court," Roddick complained.
Roddick, who won 17-of-17 first-serve points in the fourth set, fell behind 3-2 in the tie-breaker when he sent a backhand beyond the baseline. Tipsarevic then won the next two points on his serve for a 5-2 edge.Roddick hit a backhand volley winner and Tipsarevic hit a backhand long to pull the American within 5-4, but the Serbian smacked a service winner to reach match point and won it after three hours and 18 minutes with a backhand winner.