Former world no.1 Andy Roddick fell short of reaching the quarterfinals of the 2012 Winston-Salem Open as he went out to Steve Darcis in two tiebreaks, with the Belgian prevailing 7-6 (6) 7-6 (3) in one hour and 52 minutes.
The no.5 seed American, who is currently ranked 21, failed to come out on top in either of the ‘breakers’ (as opposed to his second round match against Blake, where he managed to bag both sets after winning the tiebreak).
Both players held their service games throughout the whole match and after Darcis kept his composure when it mattered the most, he booked himself a quarterfinal encounter against the winner of the match between the Czech Berdych and Finn Nieminen.
No.4 seed Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov cruised into the last 8 of the tournament after overcoming former world no.3 David Nalbandian of Argentina in straight sets 6-3 6-4. This was the first meeting between the two players and Dolgopolov looks to be in fine form just before the start of the US Open.
The Ukrainian will face 7th seeded American Sam Querrey next, who defeated no.9 seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez with an identical scoreline 6-3 6-4.