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Andy Roddick through to Cincinnati Masters second round

Andy Murray
Roddick needed two hours and 15 minutes to defeat Stakhosvsky

Ninth seed Andy Roddick booked his place in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters following a 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky.

After taking the first set, the two-time champion blew a 5-2 lead in the second-set tiebreaker before breaking early in the third to seal the match.

"That third set was actually a blessing in disguise. That's the best I've played in months," said the American.

But 14th seed Nicolas Almagro was beaten by Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-3.

The Spaniard was the only seed to fall in the first round, while Taylor Dent, ranked 83rd in the world, set up a second-round encounter against world number one Rafael Nadal after beating Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-2.

Tenth seed David Ferrer was taken to three sets in a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov but 13th seed Jurgen Melzer had little trouble in dispatching qualifier Santiago Giraldo 6-1 6-4.

There were also wins for Thiemo de Bakker, Sam Querrey, Thomaz Bellucci and Michael Berrer.

Fourth seed Andy Murray, fresh from his Rogers Cup victory in Toronto on Sunday, received a first-round bye, alongside the other top eight players in the world.

The Scot will play the winner of the first-round match between Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and a qualifier.

Roger Federer, who lost to Murray in the Rogers Cup final in Canada, is the defending champion in Cincinnati.

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Federer secures Cincinnati title
23 Aug 09 |  Tennis

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