LONDON -- Andy Roddick broke his own record for fastest serve with a 153 mph ace Friday during a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Paradorn Srichaphan at the
Queen's Club grass-court tournament.
Roddick served the ace at 1-0, 15-0 in the second set.
"I wasn't trying to hit it any harder than normal and I didn't really realize until the crowd started cheering and I saw Paradorn smiling," Roddick
said. "I was surprised because it was against the wind and I didn't think I had that in me."
It's the third time this year Roddick has improved the record. He had a 150 mph serve in a Davis Cup match against Austria in February, and another
152 mph serve in Davis Cup play against Sweden in April.
"I can't feel the difference between 146 mph and 153," Roddick said. "I can feel when I hit it big, but if you're asking if I know that's it, I have
no idea. In my mind, it still counts as just one point in the match. I'm just happy to get through more than I am about hitting a big serve."
Roddick, the top-seeded defending champion at Queens, broke the seventh-seeded Paradorn twice in the opening set. After an exchange of breaks early in
the second set, Roddick won four of five games to close out a 66-minute victory.
He will face Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals. The Australian, a three-time Queen's champion, won the last four games of each set to defeat Russia's
Igor Andreev 6-3, 7-5.
Hewitt extended his career record at Queen's to 20-1. His only defeat came against Sebastien Grosjean in the 2003 quarterfinals.
"I felt like I served pretty well," Hewitt said. "I just played a loose game in the second set, which put me behind and under pressure for the rest of
the set, and gave him a bit more confidence as well.
"But I had a lot of opportunities and didn't believe I was out of the second set at all."
The fifth-seeded Grosjean downed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3 and will play Hyung-Taik Lee of South Korea, who defeated Karol Beck of
Slovakia 6-3, 6-4.
[Edited on 6/11/2004 by Gibbs Baby!!!]