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  Friday, 7 September, 2001, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
Roddick rues temper tantrum
Lleyton Hewitt punches the air in delight
Hewitt will play Kafelnikov in the last four
Andy Roddick admitted his tantrum in the closing stages of his epic, five-set battle with Lleyton Hewitt cost him a place in the US Open semi-finals.

The American teenager blew his top after umpire Jorge Dias called one of his shots out in what turned out to be the final game of the match.

"You fight so hard against one of the best fighters in the world and a guy overrules on a ball that was in on the far side," said Roddick, who was beaten 6-7 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-4.

"I don't remember anything after that. I needed to put it out of my mind but it wasn't all gone.


I'm not going to take back what I said to him
Andy Roddick
"That's the worst I've ever lost it on a tennis court. I'm disappointed in myself for letting it do that to me."

Roddick was handed a code violation for calling Dias an "absolute moron" in a tirade which included expletives.

"I'm not going to take back what I said to him. I meant it at the time," said the 19-year-old. "It was an absolutely pathetic call.

He even heaped more criticism on Dias in the after-match news conference.

"He said he saw it (the shot) was 100% out and if he said that he's a liar," said Roddick.

Hewitt's semi-final opponent will be Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who defeated top seed Gustavo Kuerten.

The Russian put his triumph partly down to advice he had received from John McEnroe in the locker room.

"He told me I should serve and volley more and I thought I'd try it," said Kafelnikov.

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