Roddick Wins Opening Match Over Slovakia's Klizan
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Andy Roddick found his form quickly in his first Olympic match Monday, beating Martin Klizan of Slovakia, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round at Wimbledon.
Roddick converted only two of 13 break-point chances but dominated with his serve, as often happens at Wimbledon, where he's a two-time runner-up.
"I served really well," he said. "I would have liked to have converted more break points. But I got a couple and, thankfully, that's all I needed."
The Olympic match, delayed one day by rain, was Roddick's first in eight years. He lost in the third round at the 2004 Games and skipped Beijing in 2008.
As a price for being unseeded, he'll face a daunting challenge in the second round: Novak Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion.
"The guy has been the best player in the world over the last couple of years," Roddick said. "It's going to be tough. But the situation, we've both been through it a million times. I'm going to have to serve well and take some chances on returns."
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania on Centre Court, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Lleyton Hewitt of Australian and Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, both three-time Olympians, won their opening matches. No. 9-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina, No. 13 Marin Cilic of Croatia, No. 16 Richard Gasquet of France and big-serving Milos Raonic of Canada also advanced.
American Varvara Lepchenko eliminated Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-2. Their match was tied after two sets when play was suspended Sunday because of rain.
Roddick, a dedicated Davis Cup player for the United States, took Court 2 on a sunny morning looking particularly patriotic. He wore a blue shirt, white shorts and stars-and-stripes shoes.
"Posh sneakers, Andy," shouted a spectator with a British accent.
Roddick had the bulk of the crowd support, although a chant of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" quickly fizzled.
He lost only nine points in 11 service games, and the first break point came on the final shot of the opening set, which put him ahead to stay.
Roddick won with more than just his serve, hitting several improbable shots, including a back-to-the-net lob to help win one point, and a backhand as he did a belly flop behind the baseline.