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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Roddick v Mathieu as it happened
Wimbledon third round result:

A RODDICK (US) 4 v P-H MATHIEU (Fra)

6-2 7-5 7-6

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES:

By Tom Fordyce

606: DEBATE

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THIRD SET

Roddick 7-6 Mathieu
What a collapse... P-H was 5-0 in that tie-break, and then 6-3 - and yet he still blows it, even managing to fall over at 6-7 to concede the match. A-Rod marches on, P-H tumbles out.

Roddick 6-6 Mathieu
Right - it's tie-break time. Both these boys have sensational records in tie-breaks this year, with Rodders just in front on the stats. Here we go...

Roddick 5-6 Mathieu
Phews from P-H as he holds, despite his 24th unforced error of the match. Ouch. It's spitting here - hold on, it's stopped. Plus ca change.

Roddick 5-5 Mathieu
Crackeroo - a 140mph boomer of an ace from Roddick, and he's bang back in this. Connors beams, Champion sighs.

Roddick 4-5 Mathieu
Mathieu's last three service games were won to love. This one, which he only needs to hold to win the set, sees him tighten up like a rusty bolt and slip to 0-40 with three mis-hit backhands. A-Rod just pats the ball back and waits for the inevitable choke, and clenches his fist when it comes. That capitulation will come as no surprise to seasoned P-H watchers, if there is such a racey breed.

Roddick 3-5 Mathieu
Rodders stays afloat in the set by hanging on to the life-jacket of his serve. Two women wrapped in large white coats and sunglasses the size of dinner plates applaud delicately.

Roddick 2-5 Mathieu
Another rapid hold to love from P-M, and A-Rod is staring down the barrel here. The rain's eased off. Get in there.

Roddick 2-4 Mathieu
Is that rain in the air? Put that brolly down, woman - if we all pretend it isn't happening, we might get away with it. Rodders holds with a crashing ace wide of P-M's stretching backhand.

Roddick 1-4 Mathieu
If you were to make a stirring, evocative film of this match, you'd call it Boys Of The Baseline. Neither wants to go near the net - it's like it's made of rotting fish or something. That woman from Green Wing is in the VIP box - Tasmin or Tamsin somebody. Standards are dropping.

Roddick 1-3 Mathieu
He's on the board at last, but he's looking a little stiff, old A-Rod. Less than half-full on Centre again today, and jumpers very much in evidence.

Roddick 0-3 Mathieu
P-H trades backhands with relish, working Rodders hard and then creaming a forehand down the line to move further in front. His own coach, the legendary Thierry Champion, brushes his sandy hair away from his face diffidently. Sir Tim Rice, perched once again in the Royal Box, leafs idly through his programme.

Roddick 0-2 Mathieu
Jimmy C grimaces, and no wonder - P-H gets a foothold on the slippery slope that is Roddick's serve, and converts the break point with a whip-cracker of a forehand.

Roddick 0-1 Mathieu
Super hold from P-H, who's wearing a white shirt with a red collar. What is about the French and red accroutrements at this year's Wimbledon?

SECOND SET

Roddick 6-2 7-5 Mathieu
That was easy enough - Rodders' 12th ace of the match powers him to the second set. Jimmy Connors, wearing a pair of glasses that you can bet he hates, claps slowly in the VIP box.

1200 BST: Right - I'm taking over on this one now, as The Bard's gone to pick up his new Vauxhall Zafira. After four unbroken hours of warm sunshine this morning, the organisers are finally getting things started at midday. Under grey clouds.

By Mark Barden

Roddick 6-2 6-5 Mathieu
The players batter the ball in a lengthy rally before a deft Mathieu drop shot makes it 40-30, but Roddick powers his way to the break before more rain rolls in and play is suspended yet again. It's enough to drive a saint to drink, as my mum used to say (usually about something me and my brothers had just done).

Roddick 6-2 5-5 Mathieu
Roddick delivers one 139mph effort and also hits ace number 11 of the match to level matters. There are some horrendous looking rain clouds in the distance - let's hope they stay there. Fat chance.

Roddick 6-2 4-5 Mathieu
The Frenchman refuses to be intimidated and shows some deft touches as he noses ahead to put pressure on A-Rod to stay in the set.

Roddick 6-2 4-4 Mathieu
Play resumes again at 1815 BST with Roddick's exocet serve quickly bringing him level.

"We had more rainfall last night than the whole of July last year," Sue Barker laughs off Wimbledon's weather woes on BBC TV.

1709: Sorry to report that play is once again suspended as the heavens re-open for business. The groundstaff get the covers on in record time, according to Barry Davies. It is properly hammering it down at SW10 and some top quality thunder and lightning action to boot. Summer has well and truly left the country.

Roddick 6-2 3-4 Mathieu
The thunderbolts have arrived at Centre Court - and I'm not referring to Roddick's serve. Mathieu finds himself under severe pressure on his own serve and heads to the net for pretty much the first time. He saves two break points and then produces a wonderful drop shot and a beautifully-placed forehand to hold bravely.

"Mathieu can't read the Roddick serve yet," Boris Becker, BBC TV

Roddick 6-2 3-3 Mathieu
Roddick notches ace number 50 of the tournament. Number 51 is not far behind and another service game goes by faster than my chubby fingers can type.

Roddick 6-2 2-3 Mathieu
Mathieu is at least holding his own as he produces another serve to love. In fact it's all going with serve at the moment. Only two points against the serve in this set so far.

Roddick 6-2 2-2 Mathieu
Roddick pummels a forehand and some more booming serves past Mathieu and at the minute it looks like Mathieu has about as much chance of breaking the American as there is of a day without rain in Wimbledon.

"There is no wind above SW19 so the clouds are not moving. We think there could be some rain in a minute." Boris Becker, BBC TV

Roddick 6-2 1-2 Mathieu
Some big serving by Mathieu and some net chord fortune enables him to enjoy an easy ride and a service game to love. Now he just needs to find an answer on the Roddick serve.

Roddick 6-2 1-1 Mathieu
As well as a double-barrelled forename Paul-Henri also seems to have a double-barrelled grunt. It doesn't put off the A-Rod who is in the zone on his serve. He holds after Mathieu whips an ugly forehand well out of bounds.

Roddick 6-2 0-1 Mathieu
After starting so well Mathieu is being bogged down by some unforced errors. He fires down his first ace of the match and then produces a forehand winner to take the first game of the second set. Better stuff from the man with three first names.

FIRST SET

Roddick 6-2 Mathieu
Roddick fires down an ace but Mathieu answers with a clear winner. A further two aces hands Roddick two set points and when Mathieu can only get a bit of metal to another booming serve the first set is over in a rapid 27 minutes.

Roddick 5-2 Mathieu
I think I must have put the knockers on Mathieu by talking him up early on. He hands Roddick three break points. A-Rod blows the first but appears to take the game at the second opportunity only for the players to be called back after some Hawkeye intervention. It matters little as Mathieu fires an easy forehand into the net.

Roddick 4-2 Mathieu
Roddick holds serve to take a stranglehold on the opening set.

Roddick 3-2 Mathieu
Mathieu sends a forehand long to give Roddick the first proper whiff of a break. The Frenchman saves the first break point when Roddick carves a forehand into the net. But he cannot deal with a wide Roddick return and puts a backhand wide to hand the game to the American.

Roddick 2-2 Mathieu
Mathieu gives Roddick a taste of his juicy backhand and gets a sniff of a break at 15-30 but Rod sends down a 140mph and then a serve that Hawkeye appeared to show just nibbled the outside of the line to hold serve.

Roddick 1-2 Mathieu
Mathieu produces a heavy serve of his own and then a couple of glorious winners to go to 40-0. A backhand into the net halts his progress but the Frenchman then seals the win and the early signs are that Roddick might be in for a long shift today.

Roddick 1-1 Mathieu
A-Rod wastes no time in breaking out the big guns as he fires down a couple of aces. Mathieu finally gets one back but Roddick is too strong as he levels things up.

Roddick 0-1 Mathieu
Some meaty forehands on show early doors from both boys but Mathieu comes out on top to hold serve pretty comfortably.

1618: The players are out and ready to go.

Roddick and Mathieu have met once before, with the Frenchman claiming a two-set hardcourt win at the 2005 Masters Series event in Montreal.

But the US third seed, a two-time Wimbledon finalist, will be confident of reaching the quarter-finals against an opponent who had never previously gone beyond the second round.

SEE ALSO
Roddick-Verdasco as it happened
29 Jun 07 |  Tennis


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