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Del Potro and Roddick earn wins

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Highlights - Roddick knocks out Chardy

Seeds Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Roddick sealed their places in the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Fifth seed Del Potro produced a fine display to outplay France's Arnaud Clement 6-3 6-1 6-2 and will now face former champion Lleyton Hewitt.

American Roddick, seeded sixth, dropped a set on his way to a 6-3 7-6 4-6 6-3 win over Jeremy Chardy.

But 14th seed Marat Safin suffered a first-round exit after a 6-2 3-6 7-6 6-4 defeat by qualifier Jesse Levine.

Safin, who reached the semi-finals at SW19 last year, had been hoping for one final push for the title before bowing out of international tennis at the end of year.

But the Russian never recovered from an early break in the first set as his American opponent - ranked 133 in the world - wrapped up the win in two hours and 16 minutes on Court 18.

"I feel relieved that it is my last Wimbledon," said Safin, a former US Open champion.

I don't care who you guys are writing about

Andy Roddick on the press

"It was not really my day but anyway, that is life. My best Wimbledon memories are against Ivanisevic in 2001 - I had a chance to win - and last year against Djokovic.

"I won't think at all about tennis for a couple of years. I think eventually I will have something at the back of my mind I will still think about it, but not straight away."

Two-time Wimbledon finalist Roddick was unconvincing during his win over Frenchman Chardy, racing to a 5-0 first-set lead in just 12 minutes before surrendering the third set after a string of unforced errors.

But despite his indifferent performance, the 26-year-old remained defiant during his post-match press conference.

"I don't care who you guys are writing about," he said. "Predicting two weeks from now, that's not how we go about our tournaments.

"I know it's great and your job is to sensationalise stuff and get it out there, you've got to make people read about the sport.

Lack of attention no bother for Roddick

"As players, we appreciate that, but that's not our job. Our job is to try to get through each round. As far as who's talking about what, I don't really care. I just want to go out and win matches."

The most impressive performance of the day came from giant Del Potro never allowing his French opponent - a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist - to settle on Centre Court.

The 20-year-old had not played on grass since a second-round Wimbledon exit last year, but showed superb composure and clinical strokeplay to wrap up the win in just 97 minutes.

"Clement is a good player. He knows how you play on this surface and reached the quarter-finals last year," said Del Potro.

"I prefer hard courts for sure, but I want to learn play this surface.

"I don't know if I can win this tournament someday, but I'm trying. I want to improve my game on this kind of surface."

Del Potro faces a stern second-round test against 2002 champion Hewitt, who defeated American Robbie Gnepri 6-4 6-1 6-1.

"I have my weapons, I have my game, and I am confident with that and will try to beat him," Del Potro said of the encounter with the Australian.

French Open semi-finalist Fernando Gonzalez also enjoyed a first-round straight sets win.

The Chilean, who beat British number one Andy Murray in the last eight at Roland Garros earlier this month, eased to a 7-5 7-5 6-3 win over Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili.

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Gonzalez will face Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who defeated Spain's Oscar Hernandez, in the next round.

German 24th seed Tommy Haas, winner of the Halle tournament last week, had to fight back from a set down to defeat Austria's Alexander Peya 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-4.

Sixteenth seed David Ferrer of Spain also dropped a set on his way to a 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-2 in over American Kevin Kim.

Thirty-first seed Victor Hanescu was involved in the longest match of the tournament so far, edging Spain's Ivan Navarro in an epic 6-3 6-7 6-4 6-7 12-10 victory on Court Five.

Jurgen Melzer, the 26th seed,had no such concerns as he swept American Wayne Odesnik aside in a 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory.

Other seeds to progress in straight sets were Tomas Berdych (20), Radek Stepanek (24) and Viktor Troicki (30).

Meanwhile, 25th seed Dmitry Tursunov will take no further part in the tournament after retiring during the third set of his first-round match against Germany's Mischa Zverev.

The Russian had been trailing 6-4 6-2 3-0 before informing the umpire he could no longer continue.



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