• Mahut ousts Roddick, Del Potro advances in Paris

    5/28/12 1:17 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Mahut ousts Roddick, Del Potro advances in Paris Nicolas Mahut takes out Andy Roddick in four sets on Sunday at Roland Garros. Mahut is joined in the second round by Juan Martin Del Potro, a four-set winner over Albert Montanes.

    Nicolas Mahut d. (26) Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

    Roddick wrapped up his brief clay-court season with an 0-4 record and saw his career French Open mark fall to 9-10 as he succumbed to Mahut in four sets during first-round action on Sunday evening. The 29-year-old American, who lost three matches in Dusseldorf earlier in the week, came out flat and provided little resistance in the first two sets. He managed to mount an abbreviated charge, but it was too little too late.

    Mahut dropped serve early in the third and won a mere four points in five return games, but it proved to be nothing more than a minor hiccup. The 30-year-old Frenchman saved all three of the break points he faced in set four and continued to exploit Roddick's awful clay-court movement. Mahut converted all seven of his break-point chances throughout the proceedings, the last of which came at 5-2 with a blistering backhand return. Next up for the world No. 89 is either Martin Klizan or Frank Dancevic.

    (9) Juan Martin Del Potro d. Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1

    Del Potro struggled late in the second set and early in the third but still had more then enough to get past Montanes in the Roland Garros first round on Sunday afternoon. After dominating the opening set with two breaks, Del Potro raced to a break advantage in the second. The ninth-ranked Argentine, however, failed to serve it out then squandered all of a 5-2 lead in the tiebreaker.

    With his opponent moving gingerly (Del Potro had his left knee heavily taped), Montanes had a real chance early in set three. The 31-year-old Spaniard, though, completely fell apart--perhaps feeling the pressure of possible victory. Del Potro promptly woke up and took firm control the rest of the way. Montanes held at 0-5 in the fourth to get on the scoreboard before Del Potro finished the job with a routine hold. The No. 9 seed will battle Edouard Roger-Vasselin for a spot in round three.

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Del potro can lose to berdych in the 4th round

tennis2011 , 5/28/12 1:35 AM

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