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Aus Open: Roddick out serves Moodie

American second seed Andy Roddick neared his best form to dispose of Wesley Moodie to reach the third round.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 16:34 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

American second seed Andy Roddick neared his best form to dispose of South African Wesley Moodie in the battle of the big servers at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Roddick, a semi-finalist here in two of the last three years, downed the 60th-ranked Moodie 7-5 6-3 6-2 in one hour 48 minutes with four service breaks to reach the third round.

The fastest server in men's tennis will now play Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the next round.

Roddick, 23, was in top form, with 30 winners and only nine unforced errors as he picked off the tall South African's serve four times and did not yield one service game.

"I took the first four games getting a read on Wesley's serve and once I made a high percentage of returns in court I put pressure on his serve," Roddick said.

"I knew he was going to take it to me and be aggressive on his serve and it was fortunate that I had played three matches at Kooyong last week to be ready for him.

"I wasn't expecting a lot of playing rhythm out there."

Roddick, who has yet to fulfill his promise as America's next big hope after Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, had some discomfort from his right ankle and said he had jammed it early in the match.

Moodie, one of the tallest players on the men's tour, was playing in only his second Australian Open and sixth Grand Slam tournament overall.

He reached the third round of Wimbledon 2003 as a qualifier before losing to Frenchman Sebastein Grosjean in four sets.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 16:34 IST