Federer tops Hewitt

August 10, 2007 10:18 PM
MONTREAL (AP) -- Andy Roddick was bounced by third-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia in a 7-6 (4), 6-4 loss while defending champion and top-seeded Roger Federer ousted Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup on Friday.

Nikolay Davydenko, playing with a stress fracture and in the shadow of scandal, lost to unseeded Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-5.

It is Federer's 10th consecutive win over the former world No. 1 since 2004. Federer will play Radek Stepanek in the semifinals.

Stepanek called Federer "a living legend."

"You know you're playing against one of the best players in the history of the game, but once you step on the court, he's an opponent like anybody else," he said. "You have to try your best to beat him."

Federer needed one service break to take the first set. He seemed ready to coast when Hewitt double-faulted on break point to open the second, but Hewitt broke back for 2-2, only to give back the advantage again two games later.

The fourth-seeded Davydenko rallied from 4-2 down in the second set. He broke serve to make it 5-5 before wasting a 40-15 lead and handing the advantage back to Stepanek, whose closed out the match on his serve.

Davydenko said this week he is playing with a stress fracture in his left foot. The injury caused him to withdraw from a controversial match with Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina last week at the Poland Open.

The ATP has started an investigation into possible match-fixing because of an irregular rush of betting on Arguello, ranked No. 87, on the online gambling site Betfair. Davydenko has denied any wrongdoing.

Stepanek has won 12 of his past 14 matches, including a tournament win in Los Angeles last month.

 

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