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Last Updated: Monday, 23 June, 2003, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
Roddick powers through
Men's round-up

Andy Roddick
Fifth seed Andy Roddick eased to a a 6-2 6-3 6-3 first-round win over Italy's Davide Sanguinetti at Wimbledon on Monday to set up a potential clash with Greg Rusedski.

The 20-year-old American, fresh from winning the Stella Artois Championships, rained down 14 aces in a devastating display of power-hitting on Court One as he won in less than 90 minutes.

The American started the match with an ace and unleashed a series of clubbing forehands to subdue Sanguinetti, the 1998 Wimbledon quarter-finalist.

"I feel like I have a bit more of an edge this year compared to Wimbledons past," said Roddick.

"After Queen's I was feeling very confident and I'm pleased with the way I started here."

Roddick, who has never been beyond the third round at the All England Club, will face the winner of the match between Rusedski and Germany's Alexander Waske of Germany later on Monday.

Anticipating a second-round match with Rusedski, Roddick said: "It's a tough draw for both of us.

"It is probably worthy of being a quarter-final match. But that's the way it goes. I'm ready, I feel good. I'm confident he will have to play a good match to beat me."

Fourth seed Roger Federer advanced to the second round with a straight sets win over South Korea's Lee Hyung-Taik.

The Swiss won 6-3 6-3 7-6 and next plays Stefan Koubek of Austria.

Vince Spadea became the first seed to be knocked out of Wimbledon when he lost 6-2 6-4 6-4 to Max Mirnyi.

Belarussian Mirnyi dominated the match thoughout as he dumped his American opponent out in humiliating fashion on court five.

Mirnyi, 25, ranked 43rd in the world showed the qualities which took him to the quarter-finals in 2000.

Spadea, seeded 31 for the tournament, was unable to get into the match and was broken again in the third set as Mirnyi sealed an impressive victory.

Chile's number 19 seed Fernando Gonzalez also crashed out beaten in straights sets 6-3 6-4 7-6 by Austria's Jurgen Melzer.

Spanish prodigy Rafael Nadal-Parera beat fellow teenager Mario Ancic 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-4 with a display which displayed maturity far beyond his 16 years.

Ancic, 19, was out of form and despite a third set comeback lost to Nadal, who was playing in his first match at a Grand Slam.

Men's 12th seed Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand reached the second round with a 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 win over Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia.

He will next meet either Franco Squillari of Argentina or Olivier Mutis of France.

Ninth seed Rainer Schuettler of Germany won 6-3 6-4 6-7 7-5 against Michel Kratochvil of Switzerland.

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