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Roddick Wins On Outside Court At US Open

Andy Roddick of the United States returns a shot against David Ferrer of Spain on court 13 during Day Eleven of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2011. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Andy Roddick of the United States returns a shot against David Ferrer of Spain on court 13 during Day Eleven of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2011. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Roddick’s move to an outside court turned out to be a good one. The former champion pulled off a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 upset over fifth-seeded David Ferrer on Thursday in a fourth-round match moved to Court 13 when the court in Louis Armstrong Stadium became unplayable.

After a delay, Roddick told the tournament referee, “We just want to play,” and so the match was quickly moved to a court with 584 seats and normally used for doubles and juniors matches at this point in the tournament.

Fans rushed to grab the precious seats and saw 21st-seeded Roddick make his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2010 Australian Open.

He celebrated by heading to the stands to high five the fans. His next match is against the defending champion, Rafael Nadal.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.