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Wimbledon 2010: Djokovic and Roddick reach third round

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Dent serves up Wimbledon's fastest ever ace

Serbia's Novak Djokovic and American Andy Roddick both secured their places in the third round of Wimbledon.

Third seed Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-4 against qualifier Taylor Dent, who sent down the fastest serve recorded at Wimbledon with an ace of 148mph.

Fifth seed Roddick looked in trouble as his serve deserted him in the first set, but he hit back to beat France's Michael Llodra 4-6 6-4 6-1 7-6 (7-2).

However, seventh seed Nikolay Davydenko lost in straight sets to Daniel Brands.

Brands, ranked 98th in the world, came through 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (10-8) 6-1 to stun Davydenko, who won November's ATP World Tour Finals on his last visit to London.

Davydenko becomes the highest seed to fall so far in the men's singles but the result does not come as a complete surprise after the Russian missed three months of the season with a wrist injury.

Big-serving German Brands next faces Romanian 31st seed Victor Hanescu, who beat Turkey's Marsel Ilhan 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Andy Roddick

Remarkable Roddick recovery sparks comeback

The turning point for Roddick came in the first game of the second set when Llodra squandered two break points to hand his opponent a lifeline. The American seized the initiative, sealing victory with the aid of a tie-break.

Roddick, last year's beaten finalist, hit 25 aces to take control of the match after the opening set saw his first serve percentage at just 33 compared to Llodra's 92.

Afterwards, he admitted he was relieved to get through against a "very dangerous opponent", winner of the Eastbourne International on Saturday.

He said: "Llodra played well at Queen's and won a title last week - and he played pretty flawless tennis for the best part of two sets.

"But I hung in there and played a really good breaker in the fourth set. Centre Court is a special place, the pinnacle of our sport, so it's always fun (to play there)."

Djokovic, who will face 28th seed Albert Montanes in the next round, admitted it was crucial to win the first set when Dent's serve was at its most deadly.

"He had a big, big serve, especially in the first set when he had a good percentage, and he also put a lot of pressure on my serves," Djokovic said.

"It was very important for me to overcome that first set. That was the turning point and I controlled the game after that.

Roddick relieved to survive Llodra scare

"He had a serve of 151mph that he didn't put in and 148mph was the fastest he got in. It was incredible.

"He had so many first serves over 140mph. It's a dream for me to make that in my life ever."

Lleyton Hewitt, champion here in 2002, also went through after opponent Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan retired hurt.

The Australian, seeded 15, was leading 6-4 6-4 3-0 at the time.

Hewitt, fresh from his shock victory over Roger Federer in the final of the Halle tournament, looked hungry throughout and could be a lively outsider at Wimbledon.

By contrast, Korolev, the cousin of Anna Kournikova, has never been beyond the third round at a Grand Slam and never looked likely to cause an upset, even before he was forced out with an upper arm problem.

After the match, Hewitt, who will play Gael Monfils next, said: "I went out with a good game plan and served extremely well. It's all going well and it's nice to be through to the third round."

The Australian added: "I love this place. It is my favourite tournament of the year. Winning at Halle gave me a lot of confidence I can play well on this surface but it's going to get tougher from here."

Austria's Jurgen Melzer battled into round three after losing the first two sets to Viktor Troicki of Serbia. Melzer, the 16th seed, dug deep into his reserves before finally prevailing 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Queen's winner Mardy Fish bowed out of the tournament, losing 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-4 6-4 to Germany's Florian Mayer, while Feliciano Lopez, seeded 22, needed four sets to get past Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, eventually triumphing 7-5 4-6 6-3 6-4.

Tomas Berdych, the 12th seed from the Czech Republic, beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-5 6-4 6-4 and French 21st seed Gael Monfils saw off Slovakia's Karol Beck in four sets.



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