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Ninth seed Andy Roddick is ousted in four sets by Janko Tipsarevic at U.S. Open
When she replied that it was his right foot, Roddick erupted.
"Not once in my entire career has my right foot gone ahead of my left foot!" Roddick brayed. "Not ever!"
And he continued the rant.
While tennis players aren't allowed to challenge foot-fault calls, replay aired on ESPN2 clearly showed that Roddick had committed the infraction - but with his left foot.
And the badgering continued, with Roddick staring down the lineswoman, appealing to the chair umpire and ranting at no one in particular, "Why don't you get some umpires who know what they're doing!" and "They should call 1-800-Rent-a-Ref."
Roddick ended up losing the set, falling behind two sets to one. During the changeover, the lineswoman left the court, presumably at the chair umpire's suggestion.
The brouhaha injected badly needed life in Roddick, who had bordered on lethargy to that point. But Tipsarevic, 26, kept the pressure on, easily handling Roddick's serve, uncorking the full weight of his 5-foot-11 frame into his shots and playing a brilliant tiebreak.
Earlier Wednesday, third-seeded Venus Williams turned back an impressive challenge from Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
The little known Marino, nearly as tall as Williams at 6 feet, blasted eight aces and 12 forehand winners past the two-time U.S. Open champion and only dropped her serve once. But after losing the tiebreak that settled a well fought first set, Marino let her footwork drop just enough for Williams to take advantage.
Williams was gracious afterward.
"She serves so well and mixes up her shots," Williams said. "It seems like every time I would have an opening, she would hit a big serve. I know what it's like, now, playing myself. I was very impressed. She has got a good future ahead of her."
It was the third consecutive day of withering heat, with temperatures on court topping 100 degrees on court.