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Roddick out in five-set thriller; Federer fends off Hewitt

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  • Andy Roddick beaten by unseeded American John Isner, who fired off 48 aces
  • Roger Federer beats Lleyton Hewitt in four sets in the third round
  • Novak Djokovic struggles to beat American qualifier Jesse Witten in four sets
  • Tommy Robredo defeats American James Blake 7-6 6-4 6-4
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(CNN) -- Fifth seed Andy Roddick was knocked out of the U.S. Open on Saturday by unseeded American John Isner in a five-set, nearly four-hour thriller at Flushing Meadows.

Andy Roddick returns a shot against John Isner.

Andy Roddick returns a shot against John Isner.

The U.S. Open 2003 champion made just 20 unforced errors and hit 20 aces, but the 2.06 meters (6 foot nine inches) Isner answered with 48 aces and 90 winners. Isner won the final point to make it to the fourth round, 7-6 6-3 3-6 5-7 7-6.

In earlier play, Roger Federer came from a set down to beat former world number one Lleyton Hewitt, who showed glimpses of his glory days by taking the opening set. But the top seed hit back to round out a 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court.

The victory means Federer will keep his world number one status whatever the eventual outcome of the final grand slam of the season.

Federer is aiming for a sixth straight title in New York, and he quickly reacted to the growing threat posed by Hewitt, who is battling his way back up the rankings after an injury layoff last year.

The Swiss will play Tommy Robredo of Spain -- who defeated American James Blake 7-6 6-4 6-4 -- as he bids to become the first player since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win sixth U.S. Open titles in a row.

Fourth seed Novak Djokovic later joined Federer in the fourth round after a thrilling 6-7 6-3 7-6 6-4 win over American hope Jesse Witten.

Djokovic was struggling on the Louis Armstrong Court after falling behind to the burly qualifier, but he finally edged ahead in a tense third set tiebreak before a single break saw him close out the match in just short of three and a half hours.

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