Wimbledon 2011: Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro Advance to Second Round

James WatersonContributor IJune 21, 2011

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Andy Roddick began his Wimbledon campaign with a convincing victory, beating Andreas Beck 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-3 Tuesday.

Roddick, the American No. 2 and Wimbledon eighth seed, hit 30 aces and 42 winners with only 10 unforced errors, compared to Beck’s two aces, 40 winners and 34 unforced errors.

His effective serving limited Beck to one break point in the match, which the German couldn’t capitalize on. Roddick also broke three times, with two breaks coming in the last set.

The American next faces Romania’s Victor Hanescu, who beat Jaroslav Pospisil of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday. Roddick has a 3-0 record against Hanescu. The last time they played was at the 2009 Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Meanwhile, Juan Martin Del Potro, a former top 10 player and 2009 US Open champion, won his first match at Wimbledon since 2009 after he defeated 112th-ranked Flavio Cipolla of Italy 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

They played part of their match on Monday, but it was suspended because of rain with Del Potro up a set but down a break in the second set.

Although Del Potro played effectively, hitting 31 winners to 14 unforced errors, 14 aces and winning 89 percent of his first-serve points, he may be worried about his second serve.

He won 10 points on his second serve in the match, but he didn’t give Cipolla many looks at it because he had a 69 percent first-serve percentage.

The good news for the 24th-seeded Argentine, who was ranked No. 485 in February, is that he returned well. Del Potro won 48 percent of his returning points and he broke six times.

He'll play Belgium's Olivier Rochus in the second round. Rochus rallied from a two set deficit to defeat Kenny De Schepper of France 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. Del Potro has a 0-1 record against Rochus; the Belgian won their last match at the 2010 Thailand Open in straight sets.

Gilles Simon of France, the 15th seed, dropped the first set but rallied to beat countryman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Simon will play Israel’s Dudi Sela in the second round.

Ivo Karlovic advanced to the second round after his opponent, 23rd-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, retired because of a groin injury at 7-5, 3-1.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the 26th seed from Spain, was leading 6-3, 6-3 when his opponent, Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan, retired. 

Tobias Kamke of Germany beat Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia 6-3, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-1, and he will play Andy Murray in the second round.

58th ranked Robin Haase of the Netherlands ousted Pere Riba of Spain 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, and Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine dismissed Daniel Cox of Great Britain 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

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