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Roddick wins first-round match

The top-seed beat Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 to begin his quest for a third straight title at the SAP Open on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 13:05 IST

Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 to begin his quest for a third straight title at the SAP Open on Tuesday.

"He kind of wrapped some presents for me and handed it over," Roddick said. "I was average in most regards, but a win is a win. I feel like I'm on the verge of playing well."

Wang Yeu-tzuoo upset fifth-seeded James Blake 6-3, 7-5 in the late match. The 88th-ranked Wang, who turned 21 last week, won twice to help Chinese Taipei win their Davis Cup match against Pakistan last weekend.

Blake, who missed his first 10 break chances, had not lost a first-round match since last October in France. He had 43 unforced errors against Wang, including a forehand that went long on match point.

In other first-round matches, US qualifier Brian Wilson won for the first time on the ATP tour, beating eighth-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5); US qualifier Justin Gimelstob beat Swedish lucky loser Bjorn Rehnquist 6-1, 6-4; and countryman Robin Soderling edged Romania's Andrei Pavel 6-3, 6-4.

Roddick brought his new coach, older brother John Roddick, to San Jose and sported a special red shirt for Valentine's Day. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson also was on hand to watch the match.

"I've been lucky enough to learn from people who are very educated as far as tennis goes," Roddick said. "It's nice to be in a comfort zone, and the stability with a person I've know so long. He's not afraid to get into me or give me his opinion." Roddick, who has won 11 straight matches in the tournament to improve to 15-2 in the San Jose event, closed the first set with three aces— he had six in the match.

The second set was more conventional, with Roddick breaking serve in the ninth game and securing the win despite a double fault. "I was able to get it up the line and put it where I wanted," Roddick said of break point. "I knew the match was on my racket at that point. It felt good to get through the match, to kind of grind."