Andy Roddick of the United States downed Japanese wild card Tatsuma Ito 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Japan Open.
Roddick, playing in his first tournament since the US Open, dominated Ito with a powerful serve and won the match at Ariake Colosseum with an ace, one of eight for the No. 2 seed. "It felt like a match coming off a long layoff," Roddick said. "There were some good things, some inconsistent things. Since New York, I've been trying to get in physical shape and I've been able to do that."
Roddick will next face the winner of the first-round match between Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has a first-round bye and will play Colombia's Santiago Giraldo later Tuesday.