8 Sep 2009

Isner knocks Roddick out of US Tennis Open

6:40 am on 8 September 2009

The world tennis number five Andy Roddick has been knocked out of the US Open by fellow American John Isner, losing 7-6 6-3 3-6 5-7 7-6 in a dramatic fifth set tiebreak.

The big-serving 2.06-metre Isner boomed in 38 aces and took the fifth set tiebreak 7-5 in posting a victory over the 2003 winner and this year's Wimbledon runner-up.

Roddick, who served 20 aces himself, says Isner's height proved too much to handle.

The 55th-ranked Isner next faces the 10th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.