Paris:Andy Roddick is still alive in Paris, reaching the fourth round of the French Open for the first time in his career by beating Marc Gicquel of France 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.
Roddick is only the second American to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros since Andre Agassi in 2003, the same year Roddick won his only major title at the US Open. Robby Ginepri also made the French Open's fourth round last year.
"It's three matches," said Roddick, who had seven aces and only 11 unforced errors. "It's a lot better than I've done here before."
Roddick has reached at least the semifinals at the other three Grand Slam tournaments. Besides winning the 2003 US Open, he is also a two-time runner-up at Wimbledon. Tommy Haas of Germany also advanced to the fourth round, beating Jeremy Chardy of France 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
On the women's side, fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva lost to No. 30 Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Dementieva follows No. 3 Venus Williams out of the tournament. The American lost in straight sets on Friday.
Stosur, seeded 30th at this year's French Open, converted seven of her 15 break points against Dementieva, the 2004 runner-up at Roland Garros.
"I just feel I'm far away from ... being in good shape," Dementieva said. "I feel like I couldn't perform any better."
Stosur has never before reached the fourth round at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. She reached the same stage at the 2006 Australian Open, but has never made the quarter-finals at a major.
Seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova easily advanced to the fourth round, beating Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-1, 6-3. "I was just doing my thing," Kuznetsova said. "I was depending on myself and not on her. ... I think I controlled all of the match."
Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open champion, reached the French Open final in 2006 but lost to Justine Henin.
Later today, three-time French Open finalist Roger Federer and No. 4 Novak Djokovic were scheduled to play, as were No. 2 Serena Williams and No. 5 Jelena Jankovic. Yesterday, Rafael Nadal made two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt his latest victim on clay.
Hewitt has done well against Nadal in the past, but the unseeded Australian is by no means a serious threat on the red clay that Nadal so dominates.
"It's totally different playing him on clay to hard court and grass," Hewitt said after losing to the top-seeded Spaniard 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 on Friday in the third round. "He's obviously as good as he's ever been right at the moment now."
Djokovic and Andy Murray also advanced Friday at Roland Garros, with Djokovic reaching the third round and Murray moving into the fourth. Top-seeded Dinara Safina made the fourth round in the women's draw along with defending champion Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova, but Venus Williams was eliminated at this stage for the third straight year.