Roddick crashes out of Winston-Salem event

Aug 24, 2012, 10:32 IST | AFP

American Andy Roddick suffered a third-round loss on Wednesday at the $550,000 ATP Tour's Winston-Salem Open, losing in straight sets to Belgium's Steve Darcis

Darcis, who made it to the third round of the London Olympics, outlasted fifth-seeded Roddick in a pair of tiebreak sets, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) at the Wake Forest University facility.

Andy Roddick

The 28-year-old Darcis, who is ranked 81st in the world, was the last player to make the cut for the main draw.

Roddick, a former world No 1 and ex-US Open champion, is struggling heading into the last Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows.

“I served okay, but I didn’t return too well,” said Roddick. “I didn’t hit the ball clean and he played better when he had to. I wanted to play better here.”

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