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No Americans left at Australian Open ; Roddick struggles in straight-set loss

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Roddick didn't like being the fall guy again. The facts, however, were unmistakable: All the Americans were gone from the Australian Open.

Roddick lost to 19th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka on a cool Sunday night at Melbourne Park. Roddick saw 24 aces whip past him, barely got a look at a break-point chance and didn't get his own big serve firing in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 fourth-round defeat.

Roddick, seeded eighth, had been the last American man standing in the singles field. The women were out before the third round ended. Venus Williams lasted only seven points before she hobbled off with an ailing hip muscle.

"Obviously I'm not going to sit here and " Roddick checked himself and then switched gears, saying the stories were already written and it didn't really matter what he said. "Obviously wasn't the showing that we wanted, you know, but I'm doing what I can."

In an early Monday match, French Open finalist and fourth-seed Robin Soderling is out, losing 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the fourth round.

Soderling won the lead-up tournament at Brisbane without losing a set and hadn't conceded a set at Melbourne Park before he met the 22-year-old Ukranian, who has reached the quarterfinals in his first trip to the Australian Open.

Dolgopolov's cross-court backhand to bring up his first match point was typical of the 50 winners he hit against a stunned Soderling, the highest of the seeded players knocked out of the men's draw.

Soderling saved three match points, but his run came to an end with another unforced error, his 51st.

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

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

Since Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open victory, no American man has won a major. Venus and sister Serena Williams have won 10 majors between them in the interim, and 20 between them overall. Serena was the 2010 champion in Australia, but couldn't defend her title because of a foot injury.

"Not having the best player in the world at a major would be be tough for any country. Obviously we want her healthy as much as possible," Roddick said. "You know, she's instantly the best player in the game when she comes back."

Roddick's career was starting in the days when Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were winding down. Since they retired, no American man has regularly kept him company in the late stages of majors.

"It's tough," he said. "I remember last summer when I was catching all the heat for not having an American guy in the top 10 for the first time in 15 years. Didn't really make sense to me that I was the one taking heat when I was the only guy that had been there for the last six years.

"It's a responsibility that has great benefits, and it's hard sometimes as well. For many reasons, I would love to have guys there with me all the time."

Roddick's departure leaves 2010 finalist Andy Murray of Great Britain as the only player from any of the Grand Slam host countries in the tournament.

Wawrinka advanced to the first all-Swiss quarterfinal at a major in the Open era, where he'll run into Federer, the defending champion.

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

Schiavone, the French Open champion, saved six match points, then converted on her third match point in the longest women's match at a major in terms of time in the Open era.

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