Roddick advances to semis after a windswept clash on court three

Andy Roodick battled with the wind on court three pictured: Jane Stokes
Andy Roodick battled with the wind on court three pictured: Jane Stokes

Former world number one Andy Roddick had to dig deep to earn his spot in the semi-final after a frustrating match with world number 64 Fabio Fognini.

The duo was supposed to play their quarter-final clash on Centre Court on Thursday afternoon but spells of rain throughout the day meant it was postponed until Friday morning.

However, even then the disruption wasn’t past. Play was delayed as efforts were made to dry a damp area on court one but, even after an hour, the grass was still deemed unplayable and the match was moved onto court three.

Once finally underway, it was Fognini who appeared the more comfortable of the two, breaking the American’s opening serve to take an early lead.

It didn’t take long for Andy Roddick to get back into the game though. Fired up after a blatant wrong decision that gifted Fognini three break points, he played with a renewed energy that saw him take the first set 6-3.

The second set was much of the same but in the Italian’s favour. Two breaks of serve for him against Roddick’s single break saw another 6-3 score line level up the match.

Heading into a deciding set, it was too close to call, with each holding their own in extremely blustery conditions. However, it was the 2003 US Open Champion who dug his heels in to take Fognini’s sixth third-set service game to take the final and deciding set 7-5.

Roddick will have no time to dwell on his success though as preparations start for his semi-final meeting with Steve Darcis on Centre Court later this afternoon.