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  • Brisbane - Roddick, Mayer advance in straight sets

    1/3/11 8:01 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Brisbane - Roddick, Mayer advance in straight sets Defending champion Andy Roddick made a strong start to his Brisbane International title defense, having defeated Marinko Matosevic Monday evening. Seventh seed Florian Mayer also advanced after taking out Bernard Tomic.

    (2) Andy Roddick def. (WC) Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-2

    Second seed Andy Roddick earned his first victory of the 2011 season with a 6-3, 6-2 success against Australian wildcard Marinko Matosevic. The 28-year-old American struck 5 aces and held 8 of 9 service games through 72 minutes of play. After taking the opening set, the World No. 8 quickly built a 5-0 edge in set two. With the first-round win, Roddick notched his sixth consecutive victory at the Brisbane International.

    “I feel healthy and fit probably for the first time since May last year, so that’s a good thing,” Roddick explained. “There’s nothing I’m trying to cover up, I don’t feel short on practice, I don’t question the last month that I’ve put in and that’s a first for a little while.”

    He is scheduled to face Alexandr Dolgopolov for a place in the quarterfinal. The Ukranian downed Russian Igor Andreev in the first round, 6-4, 6-2.

    (7) Florian Mayer def. (WC) Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-2

    Seventh seed Florian Mayer put in a strong effort Monday afternoon, having ousted hometown hope Bernard Tomic, 6-2, 6-2. The 27-year-old German tallied 12 aces and four service breaks in under an hour. The 18-year-old Australian had problems on the return, unable to win more than 3 points off the Mayer serve.

    Mayer will meet either veteran Arnaud Clement or qualifier Ricardas Berankis in the next round.

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