Roddick Is Set for Hot Test from Baghdatis's Barmy Army

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ANDY RODDICK will rely on his "chicks" to win the battle of the fans with Marcos Baghdatis' "sweaty dudes" when the players clash in a potentially explosive fourth-round match at the Australian Open on Sunday, writes Chris Jones.

Add into the equation a predicted temperature of 105F and all the ingredients for a memorable match are in place.

The extreme heat rules were used today to stop play for an hour on the outside courts shortly after unseeded Fabrice Santoro had beaten No8 seed Gaston Gaudio 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-4 in three hours 47 minutes. Baghdatis, the former world No1 junior, is holder of the 'Man of the Year' and 'Best Athlete' titles in his native Cyprus, although he is based at a tennis academy in Paris.

With Melbourne's huge Greek and Cypriot population throwing their support behind the world No54, he is hoping to add second seed Roddick to his list of victims.

Roddick (left) received an early indication of the atmosphere that will surround the match as members of Baghdatis's army of fans made their way to the American's court near the end of his 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Julien Benneteau. …


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