Roddick grinds down Lopez to make fourth round

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Roddick recovered from a set down to defeat Spain's Feliciano Lopez 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-6 and advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open Friday.

Lopez, who had never beaten Roddick in five previous meetings, saved two match points in the fourth set tiebreaker, one of which incensed the American after camera views showed the Spaniard had reached over the net to put away a volley.

The seventh-seeded Roddick held firm, however, and sealed the tiebreaker 7-3 and the match in sweltering conditions at Rod Laver Arena after the Spaniard netted.

The American will next face Chilean Fernando Gonzalez after the 11th seed defeat Kazakhstan's Evgeny Korolev in five sets.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Patrick Johnston)