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Wimbledon 2010: Andy Roddick cruises into round two

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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142 mph serve

Roddick serve hits 142 mph

Fifth seed Andy Roddick powered into the second round after dispatching fellow-American Rajeev Ram in straight sets on day one of Wimbledon.

Roddick, who suffered heartbreak after losing last year's epic final to Roger Federer, triumphed 6-3 6-2 6-2.

World number seven Roddick's serve was at its trademark blistering best - one of his 13 aces registering 142mph.

"I thought I served pretty good percentages, I returned pretty well - so it's a good start," said Roddick.

The three-time SW19 finalist was made to wait significantly longer than he had anticipated to make his 2010 bow on Court One after Nikolay Davydenko and Kevin Anderson had scrapped for over four hours in an epic encounter beforehand.

Seventh-seed Davydenko suffered a huge scare, coming from two sets down to beat South Africa's Anderson 3-6 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 9-7.

The Russian, playing in only his second tournament since breaking a wrist, looked understandably rusty in the first two sets, but staged a comeback of Roger Federer proportions to book a second-round meeting with Daniel Brands, conqueror of Igor Andreev.

Anderson, ranked 95 in the world, looked certain to end his record of never winning a Grand Slam match, firing down 36 aces.

But Davydenko dug deep and needed treatment immediately after the marathon contest had finished. "The wrist is OK. Body, I don't know," he remarked afterwards.

The biggest upset saw Florian Mayer beat 11th-seeded CroatMarin Cilic in straight sets.

Cilic, who was beaten by Andy Murray in this year's Australian Open semi-final but has never got past the fourth round here, lost 6-2 6-4 7-6 (7-1) in a little over two hours.

Mayer, by contrast, reached the quarter-finals on his Wimbledon debut in 2004, but his career has since been blighted by injuries.

The German will play Queen's finalist Mardy Fish in round two, following the American's 6-3 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 defeat of Bernard Tomic.

Lleyton Hewitt, the champion here in 2002, came from a set down to end the challenge of Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez. Hewitt, who earlier this month beat Federer on grass in the final at Halle, dropped only four games in the next three sets to wrap up a 5-7 6-0 6-2 6-2 victory.

Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic was the first men's seed to fall on day one after losing in straight sets to Michal Przysiezny of Poland. Ljubicic succumbed 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to follow compatriot Cilic out of the tournament.

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, seeded 21, was another casualty, losing to Uzebkistan's Denis Istomin 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3, while Peter Luczak of Australia saw off 30th seed Tommy Robredo 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 7-5

Meanwhile, Feliciano Lopez, who beat compatriot Nadal in the quarter-finals at Queen's, needed four sets to see of the challenge of America's Jesse Levine. The number 22 seed came through 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 6-3.

Gael Monfils of France, seeded 21, beat Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-1 7-6 (11-9) 6-2, while 16th seed Jurgen Melzer from Austria beat Jamaica's Dustin Brown 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-3.

Brown has expressed an interest in representing Great Britain in the Davis Cup, but after his defeat he insisted the Lawn Tennis Association had to make the first move.

"I played for Jamaica in 2002 but I'm pretty sure the cooling off period is 36 months and I haven't been playing Davis Cup lately at all," he said.

"But something has to happen from the LTA. If they're interested, then they have to step towards me."

Brown, who qualifies for Britain through a grandmother on his father's side, is ranked 55 places above British number two Alex Bogdanovic and believes switching nationalities would help develop his game.

"It's not because I don't want to play for Jamaica anymore. I just have to try to further my career," he explained.



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