Five-set Roddick claims second round spot

Updated: 25 May 2010 16:36 IST

American sixth seed Andy Roddick reached the French Open second round with a 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

Five-set Roddick claims second round spot

Paris:

"roddick-a.jpg"American sixth seed Andy Roddick reached the French Open second round with a 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

The former world number one will face either Eduardo Schwank of Argentina or Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic for a place in the last 32.

Roddick, who achieved his best performance here last year when he reached the last 16, came into the French Open desperately under-prepared having opted to skip the entire claycourt season for what he described as "personal reasons".

After the American claimed the first set, the wily 28-year-old Nieminen came roaring back in the next two before again handing the initiative to the American in the fourth set tiebreak.

The Finnish left-hander had a break point in the third game of the decider which Roddick saved.

Roddick broke to lead 3-2 and claimed the match on a second match point in the ninth game when Nieminen served up a double fault.



Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
Related Articles
Indian Aces Suffer First Defeat of Season in IPTL
Indian Aces Suffer First Defeat of Season in IPTL
Anand Amritraj Gets Support From India's Davis Cup Team
Anand Amritraj Gets Support From India's Davis Cup Team
Tennis Ace Boris Becker to be Present at Kolkata 25k Marathon
Tennis Ace Boris Becker to be Present at Kolkata 25k Marathon
Show Comments
Advertisement