Thai Open: Roddick advances to round 2

Andy Roddick wasted no time in trouncing Arvind Parmar to advance to the second round of the Thailand Open.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Bangkok:Less than 24 hours after arriving in Thailand, Andy Roddick of the United States wasted no time on Wednesday in trouncing Britain's Arvind Parmar 6-1 6-4 to advance into the second round of the $550,000 Thailand Open. Seeded second behind World No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland, Roddick sailed through the first set at the Impact Arena in just 28 minutes, utilizing his trademark huge serves. He broke Parmar in the seventh game after the Briton's lob flied off court. The American wrapped up the match in under an hour with a sharp volley at 40-30 in the 10th game. He faces countryman Jeff Morrisson tomorrow. Earlier, former world No. 1 Marat Safin stormed into the second round of the tournament with a confident 6-2 6-3 win over Israel's Noam Okun. Only three days after spearheading Russia to a 5-0 Davis Cup whitewash of Thailand in Moscow, the third-seeded Safin used his powerful backcourt game to beat Okun in just 66 minutes at Impact Arena. Safin kept the pressure on Okun the entire match and sealed the first set with a 180 kph (112 mph) ace. The Russian dominated the second set with his superior ground strokes and got an early break in the first game to lead 4-2. Despite a spirited defense, Safin punished Okun's serve to take the match. (AP)

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