LONDON (Reuters) - Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun sprang the biggest shock of the tournament on Monday when he stunned last year’s runner-up and fifth seed Andy Roddick 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-7 9-7 in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday.
Roddick, beaten 12 months ago by Roger Federer following an epic final set 16-14, looked poised for a regulation win when he took the opening set against the world number 82 with a single break in 39 minutes.
But Lu kept his focus and won tiebreaks 7-3 7-4 to put Roddick under pressure and though the American took it to a decider the Taiwanese won through when he fired a forehand winner past the three-times finalist after four hours and 36 minutes.
Lu kissed his fists and raised his arms in triumph after the gripping tussle on Court Two.
“I thought it was a dream, I could not imagine this moment happening,” Lu said in an interview just after his dramatic win which saw him become the first Asian man to reach the quarter-finals of a slam since Japan’s Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995.
He will play Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic for a place in the semi-finals
Reporting by Miles Evans and Pritha Sarkar