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Last Updated: Friday, 29 June 2007, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK
Roddick-Verdasco as it happened
Wimbledon third round result:

A RODDICK (US) 3 * v F Verdasco (Sp)

6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-2)

* denotes server

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES:

By Sam Lyon

606: DEBATE

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THIRD SET

Roddick 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-2) Verdasco
Roddick does it! Verdasco misses an opportunity at 1-1 when he sends a forehand long with Roddick scrambling back onto court, and first blood goes to the American when he pulls a wonderful lob out of the bag for a mini break at 3-2. Another error from Verdasco, volleying wide with the open court to aim for, helps Roddick to 4-2 and a strong forehand and volleyed winner takes him to 5-2. Verdasco errs again next point, volleying into the net, and Roddick takes the first of his match points when the Spaniard finds the net once again. Roddick's coach Jimmy Connors punches the air in delight in the stands and the relief is written all over the A-Rod's face, who wrapped up the win in an hour and 52 minutes. Right, who's round is it folks?

Roddick 6-3 6-4 6-6 Verdasco
A long forehand gives Verdasco the initiative but a miraculous volleyed save off the rim of his racket brings Roddick level at 15-15. The A-Rod's trusty serve puts him ahead but he pushes yet another forehand error into the net to increase the nerves and Verdasco brings up set point with a sublime lob with Roddick stranded at the net. Agonisingly, Verdasco fails to get another meaty Roddick serve in and the chance goes begging, and two more boomers ensure the third set must go to a tie-break.

"This is either going to be match Roddick or play suspended if you ask me."
BBC Sport pundit Boris Becker

Roddick 6-3 6-4 5-6 Verdasco
Mark Orlovac's last words to me as he left were that this was a "somewhat subdued encounter". Well not anymore sonny. Verdasco produces some super tennis, passing Roddick time and again and forcing errors with a series of pumping groundstrokes, to hold to love and the American must once again serve to stay in the set.

Roddick 6-3 6-4 5-5 Verdasco
Roddick kicks off with a couple of unreturnable serves but Verdasco battles his way back into the game and brings up set point with a stunning backhand pass. Roddick saves it with a brave pass onto the line that Verdasco can only punch wide, and sees out the game with some good aggression. I may only have been watching for 15 or so minutes, but the American looks a completely different player, bouncing around the court, pumping his fist and generally kicking some moves and acting like he's trying to impress the ladeez in Gants Hill Faces on a pound-a-drink Thursday.

"Verdasco needs to put that break-back game to the back of his mind and put the pressure back on Roddick. Unfortunately for the Spanish support, he looks rattled though."
BBC Sport pundit Boris Becker

Roddick 6-3 6-4 4-5 Verdasco
Roddick comes out on top in the first rally of the game and a Verdasco unforced error, which he challenges despite the fact it was about by about a quarter of a mile, give or take, hands A-Rod the 30-15 advantage. A stunning forehand pick-up from the back of the court hands Roddick two break-back points and more brilliant defensive tennis secures it at the first time of asking. We're back on serve and is that Verdasco's chance gone?

Roddick 6-3 6-4 3-5 Verdasco
Roddick moves to 40-15 up with a couple of booming serves and then a wide cross-court backhand winner, but the American looks a little stuck on his feet, with temperatures dropping in SW19. A stinging Verdasco backhand winner down the line brings the game to deuce but a 12th Roddick ace and unreturnable serve get him out of jail to ensure Verdasco must serve for the set.

Roddick 6-3 6-4 2-5 Verdasco
Verdasco races to 40-0, and even though Roddick pulls one back, the Spaniard sees it out with another run-around forehand winner. It's looking a little gloomy on Court One, but there should be a fair amount of play left, I reckon.

Roddick 6-3 6-4 2-4 Verdasco
Thanks once again to Orlo, who is off to tuck the kids into bed, I'll be taking you through the final stages. Having been covering the Federer match I'll be honest and say I'm not entirely sure what's going on here, but Orlo tells me after his early struggles Verdasco is looking the better player. And it's more good stuff from Verdasco early on in the game, building to break point with a series of blistering passing shots. A-Rod's old friend 'the serve' comes to his rescue, though, and he sees out the game to deuce to keep the set alive.

By Mark Orlovac

Roddick 6-3 6-4 1-4 Verdasco
A pensive Roddick needs to gather his thoughts at the turnaround after Verdasco backs up the break with a solid hold. Verdasco has a bit of belief now.

That's all from me as I'm back in the office tomorrow at 6am. No violins please. Thanks for your company and my esteemed colleague Sam Lyon will take you home.

Roddick 6-3 6-4 1-3 Verdasco
Finally joy for Verdasco on his third break point of the contest. Roddick misses an open court to hand Verdasco the game and the Spaniard is slowly getting back into this.

Roddick 6-3 6-4 1-2 Verdasco
A shout of frustration from Roddick as a cross-court forehand goes into the net. Verdasco holds courtesy of a well-judged drop volley and is then told by Boris Becker in the television studio to get his hair cut.

Roddick 6-3 6-4 1-1 Verdasco
The Spaniard is a bit more positive in this game, coming into the net and forcing Roddick onto the back foot. The best rally of the contest sees him claim his second break point of the match but Roddick digs in to hold, helped by a monster serve of 144 mph. Ouch.

Roddick 6-3 6-4 0-1 Verdasco
Verdasco takes the lead in a set for the first time this evening as he sends down an unreachable ace. For the first time in a while we are hearing some calls from the crowd.

SECOND SET

Roddick 6-3 6-4 Verdasco
At least we are seeing a few more rallies now. Roddick claims two set points but after a wide backhand, he powers home a mid-court forehand to take a 2-0 lead. I reckon he wants to get home early.

Roddick 6-3 5-4 Verdasco
Being a break ahead seems to be enough for Roddick as Verdasco holds to love. The Spaniard shows how much talent he has with a deft half-volley that he somehow manages to pick up off his feet and drop dead over the net.

Roddick 6-3 5-3 Verdasco
Verdasco is slowly making inroads into the Roddick serve and at least gets to 30 with a backhand winner. It is not enough though and Roddick holds again.

Roddick 6-3 4-3 Verdasco
Although there are a couple of errors, the left-handed Verdasco holds again. Unlike my colleague Sam Lyon commentating on Centre Court, I have no celebrities to report for you. How disappointing.

Roddick 6-3 4-2 Verdasco
Verdasco has a superb opportunity when he claims his first break point of the match. Roddick steps up and rattles off two aces and holds when Verdasco puts the ball weakly into the net. Verdasco can't afford to let these opportunities slip by.

Roddick 6-3 3-2 Verdasco
How Verdasco would have liked that service game to open up the set instead of the one he dished up. A simple hold to love keeps him in touch.

Roddick 6-3 3-1 Verdasco
The Spaniard looks to take a quick siesta at the interval but it does not do him any good. He is struggling to exert any pressure on Roddick's serve and the atmosphere is pretty flat now on Court 1.

Roddick 6-3 2-1 Verdasco
Verdasco stops the rot with a simple hold, he needed that.

Roddick 6-3 2-0 Verdasco
Roddick looks completely focused and fires down two aces as he holds to love. Looks so simple this Grand Slam tennis doesn't it?

Roddick 6-3 1-0 Verdasco
It's not looking good for Verdasco now. Roddick seems to have done his homework and is sitting back, allowing Verdasco to dig his own grave with some unforced errors. Verdasco finds himself 0-40 down and after saving one break point, he sloppily puts a smash long to give Roddick the game.

FIRST SET

Roddick 6-3 Verdasco
The umpire tells off some of the crowd for not sitting down, telling them: "ladies, play stops after the next game". After the chastened fans take their seats, Roddick seals the set in 28 minutes as Verdasco goes wide. The American has only dropped three points on serve all set and is in complete control.

Roddick 5-3 Verdasco
Verdasco fires his sixth ace and holds to love. His service game is looking strong and Roddick is surprised by the bounce of one second serve which sees him crouch down to fend off the ball near his shoulder. I'm sure I've played shots like that.

Roddick 5-2 Verdasco
Roddick does have a wee bit of pressure on his serve but in truth Verdasco is just not getting close and he now has to serve to stay in the set.

Roddick 4-2 Verdasco
Verdasco holds to love in a game which a sees him deliver a powerful forehand winner. Roddick seems not to be too bothered about trying to chase the first serves and is quite happy with his one break so far.

Roddick 4-1 Verdasco
What a way to confirm the break. Roddick does not give Verdasco a look-in as some booming serves, including one clocked at 138mph, give the American another hold. Roddick's coach Jimmy Connors looks on and punches his fist in approval.

Roddick 3-1 Verdasco
The rapidly setting sun is shining straight into Verdasco's eyes, well it seems a good excuse, and a double fault gives Roddick two break points. The Spaniard saves both but is under pressure again when Roddick passes him with a wonderful forehand winner. Verdasco digs again but he cannot save a fourth break point as an unforced error gives Roddick first blood.

Roddick 2-1 Verdasco
A-Rod is finding his service groove now. Another hold and Verdasco has managed just one point on his opponent's two service games so far.

Roddick 1-1 Verdasco
Well that was simple. Boom, boom, boom. Three aces and the Spaniard holds.

Roddick 1-0 Verdasco
There are some early cries of "come on Andy" although the shouts do not impress the umpire, who turns around as if he wants to see the culprits thrown out. Roddick booms a second-serve ace to comfortably hold. Verdasco does send out an early warning of his power though with a fizzing forehand winner.

1855: The sun comes out as the players go through their warm-up routines. But with the shadows lengthening, it covers only about a quarter of the court. Trying to see the flight of the ball as it travels from the dark to the light and vice versa could be tricky.

"Verdasco is one of the biggest hitters I have seen but he is prone to unforced errors. On his day he can beat anybody in the world. This could be a close game."
BBC Sport expert Boris Becker

1851: As the sun disappears behind some cloud, Roddick and Verdasco come out on Court One.

There has been a bit of history between these two. They have met a total of eight times with A-Rod winning six. The pair faced each other in the third round of last year's US Open where Roddick came from a set down to win a five-set thriller.

With that three hour 19 minute marathon in mind, Roddick admits he is wary of his big-hitting opponent, saying "there is no question about his talent".

1844 BST: Evening all. It's been a long day for us waiting for this one, let alone for twice Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

I wonder how they have spending their time? Massage room, practice courts, PlayStation, pint and a pie at a boozer in Southfields? I know which one I would select. Maybe that's why I'm not a top-flight tennis star.

SEE ALSO
Day five - as it happened
29 Jun 07 |  Tennis


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