Roddick hangs on to beat Russell at US Open

Updated: 01 September 2011 10:09 IST

Andy Roddick held on to avoid a first-round upset at the U.S. Open, beating 96th-ranked Michael Russell 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 on Wednesday night.

New York:

Andy Roddick held on to avoid a first-round upset at the U.S. Open, beating 96th-ranked Michael Russell 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 on Wednesday night.

The 21st-seeded Roddick, who won the 2003 U.S. Open, had a 13-0 edge in aces in the all-American matchup.

After breezing through the first two sets, Roddick began to run into trouble in the third, and then fell behind by a break in the fourth. But Roddick broke right back to even that set at 3-all.

Struggling with various injuries, former No. 1 Roddick is having a tough season, and his ranking has dropped outside the top 20 for the first time in a decade.

Russell fell to 0-7 at Flushing Meadows.

Roddick, who turned 29 on Tuesday, will face 18-year-old Jack Sock of the United States next.

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Topics mentioned in this article Tennis Tennis Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Sania Mirza Sania Mirza Leander Paes Leander Paes Andy Roddick Andy Roddick Michael Russell Michael Russell US Open 2011 US Open 2011
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