Hypo Group Int'l: Roddick, Ljubicic advance

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/a/andyroddick2_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Andy Roddick defeated Alexander Peya 6-4, 7-5 Monday to advance to the second round of the Hypo Group International.

Updated: May 23, 2007 18:27 IST
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PoertSCHACH, Austria:

Andy Roddick defeated Alexander Peya 6-4, 7-5 Monday to advance to the second round of the Hypo Group International.

The second-seeded American dropped just six points on his serve and twice broke the serve of Peya, an Austrian who was a wild-card entry to the tournament.

"It was a close match. I played well but made too many unforced errors," Roddick said. "A first match in a tournament can be pretty tough."

Third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia also advanced, beating Amer Delic of the United States, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (8). French qualifier Mathieu Montcourt upset eighth-seeded Max Mirnyi of Belarus, 6-4, 6-4.

At 5-4 in the first set, Roddick converted his first break point after Peya hit two double faults, followed by a forehand error. At 6-5 in the second set, Roddick converted his third match point on Peya's serve after the Austrian missed a volley.

Serve the difference

Peya said Roddick's serve made the difference.

"I felt very good on court and was playing really well in my own service games," Peya said. "But I couldn't find an answer to his strong serves. If you don't get any chance, it is quite demoralizing."

Roddick will face Kristian Pless of Denmark in the second round. Pless defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-3, 6-3.

Also through to the next round is Albert Montanes of Spain, who beat Daniele Bracciali of Italy 6-0, 6-4. Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea defeated Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, winning 6-3, 6-0. Wild card Gael Monfils of France also advanced by beating Sam Querrey of the United States, 6-4, 7-5.

Ljubicic defeated Delic in a tight match dominated by strong serves - Ljubicic had 14 aces, Delic 16.

Both players held throughout the first set to go into a tiebreaker. Ljubicic missed two set points at 6-4 and Delic missed one at 6-7, before the Croatian converted his third chance.

Ljubicic trailed 5-2 in the second set but rallied to force a second tiebreaker. Delic failed to convert two set points before Ljubicic won on his second match point.

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