Legg Mason: Roddick cruises into third round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/a/andyroddick1_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Andy Roddick cruised into the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Czech Tomas Zib.

Updated: August 02, 2007 09:38 IST
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Andy Roddick cruised into the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Czech Tomas Zib.

It was the first match for top-seeded Roddick, a two-time winner of the event and this year's top-seeded player, since losing to Frank Dancevic in the semifinals last week in Indianapolis. Roddick said on Monday he was slowed in that match in part because of an upset stomach brought on by a late-night fast food meal.

But Roddick looked healthy enough against Zib. He broke serve to take a 4-3 lead in the first set, which he finished off three games later with an emphatic ace that came after he saved two break points.

The serve "was the only shot I was really hitting in the first set," said Roddick, who said earlier this week that his serve needed to improve before the U.S. Open. "I was hitting aces, hitting good first serves and they weren't coming back. I was really pleased with my serve tonight."

Roddick had 12 aces in the first set and 18 overall.

Roddick took control of the second set by breaking Zib at love to take a 2-1 lead. In the third round Roddick will face either 15th-seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic or fellow American Paul Goldstein, who reached the second round Tuesday by beating India's Somdev Dev Varman 6-4, 6-2.

Also reaching the third round was fifth-seeded South Korean Lee Hyung-taik, who beat Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1. The No. 9 seed, Gael Monfils of France, beat Martin Klizan 7-6 (5), 6-4.

In a first round match, Tim Henman double-faulted on match point in a third-set tiebreaker to hand American John Isner a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win in just his second ATP tour event.

Isner used a serve that routinely topped 130 mph to beat the tournament's 2003 champion.

"I might have caught him on an off day," said Isner, who was part of the University of Georgia's US college championship team in May. "Beating somebody of his caliber in a tournament like this has got to be up there. I would put it right behind winning that team championship."

Henman looked like he was in control after a first set in which he lost only four points on his serve. But Isner broke Henman to end the second set and forced Henman to save two match points serving at 4-5 in the third.

"He's a great server. He came up with two, probably the biggest serves of the match, down 15-40," Isner said. "I served really, really well in the tiebreaker."

Isner, who will play Germany's Benjamin Becker in the second round, had three of his 18 aces in the tiebreaker.

In other first-round action, South Africa's Wesley Moodie beat American Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 6-4 and Wesley Whitehouse, also of South Africa, beat Jiri Vanek 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Germany's Michael Berrer beat George Bastl 6-3, 6-2 and American Wayne Odesnik beat Adrian Garcia 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

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