Andy Roddick Roars in Paris at the BNP Paribas Masters

Lauren LynchCorrespondent IINovember 10, 2010

PARIS - NOVEMBER 10:  Andy Roddick of USA in action during his match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland during Day Four of the ATP Masters Series Paris at the Palais Omnisports on November 10, 2010 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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(November 10, 2010) Andy Roddick overcame a case of jet-lag with a rapid takeoff in Paris. Continuing his quest to secure a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals, Roddick ripped nine aces, surrendered only four points on his second serve and did not face a break point in a 6-1, 6-4 blowout of Finnish qualifier Jarkko Nieminen. The victory vaults Roddick into a round of 16 match with Latvian Ernests Gulbis at the BNP Paribas Masters.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic dismissed Juan Monaco, 6-4, 6-3. Serving at 4-2 in the second set, Djokovic erased a break point with an ace out wide. He will play either Frenchman Michael Llodra or American John Isner for a place in the quarterfinals.

Third-seeded Andy Murray overcame a one-set deficit and a pain in his right wrist to subdue 2007 champion David Nalbandian, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

A 2003 and 2005 Paris Indoors semifinalist, Roddick raised his record to 12-6 in Paris in his second win over Nieminen in the City of Light. Roddick fought back from a two sets to one deficit to defeat Nieminen in five sets in the French Open first round in May.

"Every match I win is significant at this point it puts pressure on the guys behind me," Roddick said. "The last thing you want is to be at home cheering against somebody hoping that something bad happens to them."

The eighth-ranked Roddick is 2-0 vs. Gulbis, including rallying from a one-set, one-break deficit to post a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 7-5 win at the 2008 US Open.

Roddick, who has reached the Paris final four in two of his last four appearances, missed the tournament last year and said he's satisfied with the speed of the surface, which rewards his resounding serve.

"They have less time to return. If you actually stick a volley you get rewarded," Roddick said. "The fact that everything has slowed down has a lot to do with the fact that you don't see a lot of serve and volley anymore. I like a little bit of mix. It's become so monotonous as far as what you get. Grass is slow and indoors has turned slow. I think fair is fair. You can have slow, but I don't think it should be a big deal when there's something fast, too."

There are three spots open for the eight-man season-ending championship in London. Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych is on the verge of securing the sixth spot. Roddick is currently in eighth place and can hold off lefties Fernando Verdasco and Jürgen Melzer for his eighth straight trip to the season-ending event by continuing to win in Paris.

Marin Cilic, a 2009 Paris quarterfinalist, defeated Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The 13th-seeded Cilic had lost in the opening round in his last three Masters appearances. Cilic will play Murray for a quarterfinal spot.


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