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  Thursday, 17 January, 2002, 02:55 GMT
Roddick and Clement go out
Andy Roddick injures his ankle at the Australian Open
Roddick could not shake off his ankle injury
Andy Roddick and Arnaud Clement are the latest seeds to go out of the men's singles tournament at the Australian Open.

The pair join a long list of high-profile casualties at the event, including Lleyton Hewitt, Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Agassi.

Tim Henman is the highest ranked seed left in the tournament at sixth, although he has been joined in the third round by seventh seed Tommy Haas.

Roddick was forced to withdraw from his second round match with Ivan Ljubicic because of an ankle injury, while Clement was defeated by Argentina's Gaston Gaudio.


It's pretty crushing. It's happened a little too much and it is just really disheartening
Andy Roddick

The 13th seed Roddick twisted his ankle during the tie-break at the end of the first set against Ljubicic.

The young American tried to continue and received treatment from the trainer after eventually losing the set.

He began the second set but the pain soon became too much and he was forced to concede defeat at 7-6 (13-11) 3-2 down.

"I sprained my ankle the first night and I was able to play through on adrenaline. Then I did it again," Roddick said afterwards.

"They said to me if I continued playing then there was the danger of long term damage."

The 15th seed Clement achieved the best result of his career when he reached the final in Melbourne last year.

But this year his campaign was abruptly ended by Gaudio, who triumphed 6-4 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

Clement lost the first set because he failed to make the most of his opportunities, missing six of the eight break points he created.


I never knew which foot to dance on
Arnaud Clement
Gaudio did not make the same mistake, taking all three of his break points to open an early lead.

The Frenchman appeared to be back on track when he took the second set.

But the 23-year-old took advantage of an uncharacteristically sloppy performance by Clement, who gifted him a stream of easy points with a hefty 62 unforced errors.

The final set was evenly contested but the Argentine held his nerve to win the tie-break.

Clement admitted he dad let himself down on the game's crucial points.

"I seemed to be near my best all the time but I just couldn't work out what I should do," said Clement.

"I felt there was never more than a handful of points in it but he took them."

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