June 29, 2005

Roddick rallies to oust Grosjean

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Roddick was forced to battlethrough five sets to defeat Sebastien Grosjean 3-6 6-2 6-1 3-66-3 Wednesday and take his place in the Wimbledon semi-finalsfor the third successive year.

The American second seed had not lost a set to his practicepartner in five matches but that streak was swiftly brought toan end as the 27-year-old Frenchman's flamboyant game gave himan early lead.

Former U.S. Open champion Roddick, runner-up to RogerFederer last year, then cranked up his formidable serve andtook the second set with some ease as Grosjean lost hisself-belief.

The 22-year-old Roddick looked to be strolling through tohis fourth grand slam semi-final when he walked away with thethird set but he suffered a lapse of concentration and Grosjeanclaimed the fourth.

An early break in the decisive fifth put Roddick on coursefor a semi-final match against Swede Thomas Johansson. Hesecured it with a huge serve on his first match point.