Roddick dumped out of U.S. Open tune-up

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Roddick dumped out of U.S. Open tune-up

MASON, Ohio - A testy Andy Roddick was upset by Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1 on Monday in the first round of the Western & Southern Open, a key tune-up for the U.S. Open.

The 11th-seeded Roddick received a warning from the chair umpire for flinging his racket to the court after losing the second set.

Then, after double-faulting in the second game of the third set to fall behind 30-40, he smacked a ball high into the stands, earning a point penalty that gave the game and a 2-0 lead to Kohlschreiber.

The German later closed out the match with an ace.

Also in Monday’s first round, Italy’s Fabio Fognini upset 14th-seeded Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-1 - his first win over the Serb in three matches.

France’s Richard Gasquet, the 12th seed, needed a second-set tiebreaker to overcome Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 7-6 (4).

“I did a pretty good tiebreak,’’ Gasquet said. “There was a lot of tension, but I knew it was important because, in the third set, you never know what can happen, so I’m happy.’’

In other matches, Spain’s Fernando Verdasco defeated Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 7-6 (4); Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov beat Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 7-5; Feliciano Lopez fought off fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; and Argentina’s David Nalbandian beat Japan’s Kai Nishikori 6-4, 6-4.

On the women’s side, former U.S. and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 14th seed, beat American qualifier Jill Craybas 6-3, 6-4. Ninth-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany rallied after losing the first set to pull out a 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Slovakian Jarmila Gajdosova.

Petkovic felt she almost didn’t deserve to win the grueling match, which lasted nearly three hours.

“I feel terrible,’’ she said. “I feel awful, really, because [Gajdosova] was playing incredible. She was just hitting winners all over.’’

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia also rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 win over American qualifier Alexa Glatch. The former world No. 1 needed just 26 minutes to win the first set and exactly one hour to finish the match.

Ivanovic said afterward she was hoping for a quick start.

In an early upset, Australian qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, ranked 139th, routed No. 42 Polona Hercog 6-0, 6-0.


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