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Last Updated: Friday, 23 January, 2004, 10:18 GMT
Roddick crushes Dent
Andy Roddick blasted his way past Taylor Dent
Top seed Andy Roddick was in merciless mood as he thrashed Taylor Dent 6-2 6-0 6-2 at the Australian Open.

The third-round match between two of the biggest servers in tennis had been expected to be a major test for the world number one.

But despite breaking Roddick in the opening game, an off-form Dent held his own just three times in the entire match as he was taken apart.

Roddick wrapped up victory in just 71 minutes to move into the fourth round.

He won 12 games in a row against his fellow American as Dent's game disintegrated.

That was definitely without question the worst tennis experience of my entire life
Taylor Dent

Dent was let down by his usually explosive serve, hitting just one ace and 11 double faults in the match.

Roddick will now face Dutchman Sjeng Schalken.

A shell-shocked Dent admitted that he would have difficulty trying to put the result behind him.

"That was definitely without question the worst tennis experience of my entire life - not only professional career, but my entire life," he said afterwards.

Dent said at one stage during his match of humiliation a woman in the crowd yelled out. 'Come on Taylor I paid good money for these seats.'

"I answered back, 'it's costing me a lot of pride to stay out here'".



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