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Cincinnati Masters: Andy Roddick Ousted by Philipp Kohlschreiber

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Shane LambertAnalyst IIAugust 16, 2011

Andy Roddick is out of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio as German Philipp Kohlschreiber ousted the American in a three-set match.

The result is a so-called "upset" according to some (ESPN Tennis), however Roddick's form has not been impressive since he won ATP Memphis back in February.

The highest-ranked player that Roddick has beaten since Memphis is Fernando Verdasco, who was ranked 23rd when the two met at London's Queen's Club. 

Kohlschreiber is hardly the hottest player on tour, but he does have a fairly recent title from ATP Halle and it's not too surprising at all to see him beat Roddick on home turf.

If Kohlschreiber defeating Roddick is an "upset," make no mistake, it's only a mild one at best. The American is no longer a dangerous player on tour, at least not in Masters level events. He could be out of the Top 20 next Monday as the 360 ranking points he earned last year for making Cincy's semifinals are going to be replaced by a whopping 10.

Roddick needs a good US Open to inject some momentum back into his career. Of all the players that are going to be seeded in Flushing Meadows later this month, Roddick is one that most non-seeded players might hope to be placed near in the draw.

Other American results in Cincinnati saw Ryan Harrison defeat Juan Ignacio Chela and Alex Bogomolov Jr. defeat Robby Ginepri.

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