Federer, Nadal win but Roddick bundled out


Six-times champion Roger Federer showed a ruthless streak against one of his best friends on tour when he destroyed Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for a place in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Federer, who had never faced Melzer at senior level before, produced his full array of wonderful touches and rock-solid serving on Centre Court in sharp contrast to his stuttering performances in the opening two rounds.
Melzer, who succeeded Federer as the Wimbledon boys’ champion in 1999, recovered from 3-0 down in the opener by breaking the Swiss serve, but it was to be his only success as Federer swept through in an hour and 24 minutes when the Austrian sliced a backhand long.
He will play Czech 12th seed Tomas Berdych or unseeded German Daniel Brands for a place in the semifinals. Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal booked his place in the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, win over France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun sent Andy Roddick crashing out in the fourth round at Wimbledon with a stunning 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 9-7 win over the three-time finalist. Unseeded Lu broke Roddick’s serve just once in the game — in the deciding game of the final set — to become the first Taiwanese man or woman to make the last eight of a Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic fended off Lleyton Hewitt to win their fourth-round contest 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. —Reuters