No 4 Soderling upset by Dolgopolov in 4th round

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Melbourne, Jan 24 (AP) French Open finalist RobinSoderling is out of the Australian Open, losing 1-6, 6-3, 6-1,4-6, 6-2 to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the fourth round today inthe biggest upset so far of the tournament.

The fourth-seeded Soderling hadn''t dropped a set on aneight-match winning streak that started with his run to thefinal at the Brisbane tuneup event. He dominated the openingset until things suddenly turned around against the22-year-old Ukrainian, who has reached the quarterfinals inhis first trip to the Australian Open and only his fourthmajor.

Dolgopolov''s cross-court backhand to bring up his firstmatch point was typical of the 50 winners he hit against astunned Soderling, the highest of the seeded players knockedout of the men''s draw.

Soderling saved three match points, but his run came toan end with another unforced error, his 51st. He was a winaway from completing a set of quarterfinals appearances at allfour majors.

The 26-year-old Swede had only dropped his serve twice inthe year, yet Dolgopolov broke him nine times in the match,including three times after conceding a break himself in thefifth set.

"I''m trying to get his weak side and play uncomfortablefor him, then if I have chances to make winners, that''s mygame," Dolgopolov said. "He has one of the hardest balls ontour but I was able to read his serve pretty well.

"I saw his shots pretty well, so it paid off."

He''ll next play either 2010 finalist Andy Murray ofBritain or No 11 Jurgen Melzer.

Dolgopolov said his father worked as a coach for thelikes of former Ukrainian player Andrei Medvedev, so hesometimes hit with the players when they were practicing.

"For sure I had some good times. I was a bit maybeannoying for some players to play with me," he said. "It wasnice to start a tennis career like that."

In the earlier women''s match, No 25 Petra Kvitova beat No22 Flavia Pennetta 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Andy Roddick''s fourth-round 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 loss to19th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday night means there''sno Americans in the men''s or women''s quarterfinals.

The eighth-seeded Roddick was the last American manstanding. The women were out before the third round ended.

"Obviously wasn''t the showing that we wanted, you know,but I''m doing what I can," Roddick said. MORE AP SSC

Roddick''s ouster came on a day when Roger Federer equaled Jimmy Connors'' Open era mark by reaching his 27th straightquarterfinal at a major, and Francesca Schiavone won thelongest women''s match in Grand Slam history -- a 6-4, 1-6,16-14 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 4 hours, 44minutes.

No 3 Novak Djokovic and No 6 Tomas Berdych also won inthe fourth round. Among the women, No 1 Caroline Wozniacki andNo 9 Li Na advanced, while No 14 Maria Sharapova lost to No 30Andrea Petkovic.

Roddick''s departure leaves 2010 finalist Murray as theonly player from any of the Grand Slam host countries in thetournament. All the French and the Australian players werealready beaten by the end of the third round. There''s twoSwiss, but only one can reach the semifinals.

Wawrinka advanced to the first all-Swiss quarterfinal ata major in the Open era, where he''ll run into defendingchampion Federer.

Federer beat Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reachthe quarterfinals for the 27th major in a row. Connors'' markcame between 1973 and 1983, although he didn''t play everymajor because he was hurt or didn''t travel to Australia.

Schiavone, the French Open champion, saved six matchpoints, then converted on her third match point in the longestwomen''s match at a major in terms of time in the Open era. Thelongest previous record was set in Australia last year whenBarbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7(10), 6-3 in 4:19.

Said a spent Schiavone: "At the end, you have somethingmore, always."

The 30-year-old Italian will next meet Wozniacki, whoreached the quarterfinals in Australia for the first time witha 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova. She then caused abit of stir at her news conference with a tale about beingscratched by a kangaroo.

She later returned to Melbourne Park to clarify she''dmade up the story and to apologize, saying she didn''t thinkanyone would believe it. AP SSC

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