Roddick Edges Blake; Tsonga To Play Bellucci
by ATP Staff|
Fifth seed Andy Roddick prevailed against wild card James Blake 7-6(6), 7-6(6) in an all-American second-round clash Monday night at the Winston-Salem Open, taking his lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series to 9-3.
Roddick dropped serve early in the match, but drew level with Blake at 5-all before edging the opening set tie-break. He fought off two set points down 4-5 in the second set, and proceeded to claim the victory after one hour and 39 minutes.
The 21st-ranked Roddick notched his 20th match win of the season. He had opened the summer hard-court swing by winning the title at the BB&T Atlanta Open (d. Muller).
In another second-round match, 21-year-old Belgian David Goffin battled past 10th-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 22 minutes. Goffin won consecutive tour-level matches for the first time since reaching the Wimbledon third round.
Top-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the second round of the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament. Three weeks ago, Tsonga won their first-round meeting 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 at London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event.
Poland’s Lukasz Kubot defeated former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 in one hour and 49 minutes. Kubot, who converted four of his 11 break point opportunities, will next play eighth-seeded Frenchman and 2011 finalist Julien Benneteau.
World No. 80 Donald Young won his first tour-level match since February in Memphis (d. Dimitrov) when he defeated Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 51 minutes. In the decisive set, Young lost five points on serve and capitalised on his two break points chances.
Dutchman Robin Haase also advanced to the second round, beating former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-3. Haase, who won the clay-court title in Kitzbuhel last month, improved to a 19-20 season record.
In doubles action, Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky upset third seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 7-6(7), 7-6(3). Gonzalez and Lipsky had also defeated the Brits in the Newport final last month.