Searching for answers

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

Less than 24 hours after top-seeded Roger Federer was unceremoniously dumped from the singles draw at the Rogers Cup, American Andy Roddick followed suit.

Roddick, the No. 6 seed, who has not played much since a back injury knocked him out of the Masters Series event in Rome earlier this year, fell to 19-year-old Marin Cilic of Croatia in a three-set afternoon match that left Roddick at a loss to explain his form.

"Something doesn't feel comfortable," Roddick said. "I keep feeling if I get a couple, three, four matches into a tournament I'll be all right. I'm not able to do that. It was pretty ordinary out there (yesterday)."

Roddick said he has a lot of problems at the moment, but singled out his forehand as the stroke he needs to repair in order to get back to the level that saw him win in San Jose and, in particular, Dubai earlier this year when he took out both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on his way to a victory in the final over Feliciano Lopez.

Roddick's only solution to his problems is to keep on slugging.

"You go out there," he said. "You're not going to fix anything by sitting on the bench, that's for sure. You try to deal with it. All it takes is one event, a couple matches, to turn things around. It's happened a million times. You know, hopefully it'll happen next week."

UNLIKELY MATCHUP

Cilic's win sets up a quarter-final featuring the two monster killers, himself and Frenchman Gilles Simon who defeated No. 1 Roger Federer on Tuesday.

Simon is riding an eight-game winning streak, while Cilic clearly is the fresher of the two players. Simon hasn't had a day off in more than a week after winning Sunday's final in Indianapolis.

Cilic, who never has reached an ATP final, understands the significance of knocking off a big name like Roddick, he does not consider yesterday's win the biggest match of his young career.

"I wouldn't say so," Cilic said. "I also played (Chile's Fernando) Gonzalez quite a good match, and played twice with Nikolay Davydenko when he was third and fourth, I think. So I wouldn't say it's the best one."

Roddick came away impressed with Cilic's consistent attack.

"He definitely isn't scared to go after the ball," Roddick said. "His aggressiveness is what won him that match today. He took it to me a lot more than I took it to him."

Roddick, it turned out, was not the only high seed to fall yesterday. In the evening draw, Nikolay Davydenko, the No. 4 seeded player, dropped a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 result to unseeded German veteran Nicolas Kiefer.

Kiefer will play American James Blake, the No. 7 seed, today in his quarterfinal match.

The other side of the bracket went truer to form, with both No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Novak Djokovic advancing to today's quarters.

Djokovic will get No. 8 seed Andy Murray of Great Britain while Nadal gets No. 10 Richard Gasquet, who defeated No. 5 seed David Ferrer late last night.


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