Roddick ousts Nadal in Dubai Open

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{image-roddick new_07032008.jpg}Dubai, March 7: Andy Roddick upset second seed Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships here yesterday.
The American player knocked out the Spaniard 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the quarter-finals.

Roddick, however, revealed that his 20-month coaching alliance with Jimmy Connors is over. The US former number one dropped the bombshell that he has split with his coach and advisor after less than two years together. Roddick called on the former great out of the blue in summer, 2006, after losing in the Wimbledon third round to Andy Murray. Jimmy resigned, it's over," Roddick said after beating Nadal. “It happened about a week ago."

Two other players to reach the last four were fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko and Spanish player Feliciano Lopez Davydenko beat Briton Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4.

Murray, began brightly and had chances to win the first five games but Davydenko fought off a break point in the second game and another at 2-1.
The Russian then earned a crucial break at 5-5 when Murray netted a double-handed backhand.

Murray held a break point to take the set to a tiebreak but Davydenko rose to the challenge with a backhand winner and took the set when Murray netted a return.

The Scot then had an opportunity to turn the match around, breaking to love as he built a 3-0 lead. But his advantage was short-lived as Davydenko broke back in the fifth game.

Although Murray had the chance to re-establish his lead with two break points at 3-2, Davydenko resisted and then broke for 4-3 by forcing a forehand error.

Fourth seed David Ferrer was upset, losing 6-4, 6-3 to Feliciano Lopez in an all-Spanish match.

Ferrer, broke to lead 2-1 before Lopez broke twice to take the first set.

Ferrer also broke to lead 1-0 in the second but again allowed his opponent back, dropping his serve for 1-1 and again to give Lopez a 3-1 lead.

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