Roddick, Hewitt surge ahead

Number two seed Andy Roddick progressed to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:48 IST
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Melbourne:Number two seed Andy Roddick progressed to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday after he beat Greg Rusedski 6-0, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in a battle of the big servers. Crowd favourite Lleyton Hewitt also advanced after beating James Blake 4-6, 7-6(10-8), 6-0, 6-3. Number three seed Hewitt couldn't prevent Blake from taking the opening set and the Australian had to save a set point before levelling matters in a hard fought tiebreaker. Hewitt made the most of that change in momentum though and went on to win the match 4-6, 7-6(10-8), 6-0, 6-3, setting up a third round meeting with Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela in the process. Demoralising set France's Sebastian Grosjean however, suffered a demoralising five-set defeat at the hands of his compatriot Jean-Rene Lisnard. Grosjean, the number 14 seed, looked certain to seal a third round berth after taking a two set lead in the match. But qualifier Lisnard fought his way back and eventually completed a memorable 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win. Guillermo Coria got the better of Brazilian Ricardo Mello in an all-South American second round clash. Number six seed Coria followed fellow Argentine seeds David Nalbandian, Guillermo Canas and French Open champion Gaston Gaudio into the third round with a hard fought 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-6(3) victory. Series of injuries Juan Carlos Ferrero has suffered a series of injuries, and the inevitable slide down the world rankings that follows, since he reached the semi-finals of last year's Australian Open. The Spaniard, seeded 31st, looks to be well on the way to recovering his top form as he trounced Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta 6-1, 6-2, 6-0. (AP)

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