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Julien Benneteau of France bounced another highly ranked American, No. 6 James Blake, out of the tournament with a 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory in their third-round match. Blake had trouble keeping the ball in play, committing 41 unforced errors to Benneteau’s 18. Guillermo Canas, who a day earlier upset Roger Federer to end the Swiss star’s winning streak at 41 matches, was ousted by Carlos Moya in the third round. Moya beat Canas, 6-4, 6-4. Janko Tipsarevic, who had defeated Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday, also lost his third-round match. David Ferrer eliminated him, 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4 in their night match, running his record to 5-0 against his fellow Spaniard. Roddick said having Federer, who has won the tournament the past three years, eliminated is both a plus and a minus. Rochus made 12 fewer unforced errors than his American opponent, but did not have a single ace. No. 3 Roddick finished the match on a sweltering afternoon in the desert with a crosscourt forehand winner that the Belgian couldn’t reach. Roddick thrust his fist into the air briefly in triumph, then used his shirt to wipe the sweat soaking his face. INDIAN WELLS – Andy Roddick served 18 aces, one clocked at 147 mph, on his way to a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Olivier Rochus in the third round of the Pacific Life Open on Monday. Roddick overcame 33 unforced errors with his strong serve and well-placed forehands. “I want to beat Roger. Obviously, it helps out everybody, it takes the toughest player out of the draw,” Roddick said. “But at the same time, I’m going to have to figure it out one of these times anyway. “You can’t sit back and hope that he loses because that’s not going to happen a lot.” Roddick is off to a 16-3 start in 2007, but looking for his first title of the year. Each of his three defeats came at the hands of the eventual tournament champion, including a loss to Federer in the Australian Open semifinals, a semifinal loss to Andy Murray at San Jose, and a runner-up finish to Tommy Haas at Memphis. Roddick also won both his matches in the United States’ 4-1 victory last month over the Czech Republic in the first round of Davis Cup play. On the women’s side, second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated another Russian, Elena Likhovtseva, 6-1, 7-6 (4). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!