Roddick serves up victory

first_imgThe 19-year-old from Thousand Oaks grew up a three-hour drive west of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. In the lone upset on the men’s side, Argentine Jose Acasuso defeated 16th-seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, 7-6, 6-4. In women’s second-round play, Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova, the second- and fourth-seeded players, advanced in straight sets. But three other seeds stumbled. Unseeded Chicagoan Laura Granville bounced No. 27 Severine Bremond of France, 6-3, 7-6; Russia’s Elena Likhovtseva upset countrywoman Olga Poutchkova (26th), and Alicia Molik of Australia beat Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain (24) in three sets. In other men’s matches, Czech Republic’s Jan Hernych beat England’s Tim Henman, a two-time Indian Wells finalist, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. Guillermo Canas of Argentina needed 49 minutes to beat Czech Republic’s Jan Hajek 6-1, 6-1, and move on to a third-round match with Roger Federer, winner of 41 consecutive matches and the world’s No. 1 the past 161 weeks. Federer won here the past three years. “I am still in the tournament, this is good,” said Canas, trying to focus upon the bright side. “The second thing, I’m playing with one of the most important players in the decade, in the history. I’m gonna try to enjoy this.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The third-seeded American got a quick break in the second set and cruised from there against his Spanish opponent. Lopez didn’t have a break in the match. INDIAN WELLS – Andy Roddick defeated Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in his opening match of the $5.4 million Pacific Life Open on Saturday night. In a second-round matchup of hard-servers, Roddick started the first-set tiebreaker with a 137-mph ace and finished it with another ace at 123 mph. center_img Second-seed Rafael Nadal, who lost to James Blake in last year’s semifinal, beat France’s Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 7-6. “I feel very good with my forehand,” the 20-year-old Spaniard said. “Maybe today was not my best match, but … I am a more complete tennis player now than in 2005.” Earlier, California teenager Sam Querrey defeated Belgium’s Christophe Rochus, 6-2, 6-4. Querrey will next play fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Querrey is hoping home-court advantage will help. “Hopefully, all my friends will be out there and maybe get into his head,” he said. last_img read more