Pacific Life Open: Roddick downs Lopez

Andy Roddick defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4), 6-4 in his opening match of the Pacific Life Open on Saturday night.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Andy Roddick defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4), 6-4 in his opening match of the Pacific Life Open on Saturday night. In a second-round matchup of hard-servers, Roddick started the first-set tiebreaker with a 137-mph (220 kph) ace and finished it with another ace at 123 mph. The third-seeded American got a quick break in the second set and cruised from there against his Spanish opponent. Lopez didn't have a break in the match. Second-seed Rafael Nadal, who lost to James Blake in last year's semifinal, beat France's Amaud Clement 6-3, 7-6. "I feel very good with my forehand," the 20-year-old Spaniard said. "Maybe today was not my best match, but ... I am a more complete tennis player now than in 2005." Querrey advances Earlier, California teenager Sam Querrey defeated Belgium's Christophe Rochus 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Pacific Life Open on Saturday. Querrey will play fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in the next round. He's hoping home-court advantage will help. "Hopefully, all my friends will be out there and maybe get into his head," he said. The 19-year-old from Thousand Oaks grew up a three-hour drive west of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Czech Republic's Jan Hernych beat England's Tim Henman, a two-time Indian Wells finalist, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, while Argentine Jose Acasuso defeated 16th-seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, 7-6, 6-4. Guillermo Canas of Argentina needed 49 minutes to beat Czech Republic's Jan Hajek 6-1, 6-1, and move on to a third-round match with Roger Federer, winner of 41 consecutive matches and the world's No 1 the past 161 weeks. Federer won here the past three years. "I am still in the tournament, this is good," said Canas, trying to focus upon the bright side. "The second thing, I'm playing with one of the most important players in the decade, in the history. I'm gonna try to enjoy this." In women's second-round play, Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova, the second- and fourth-seeded players, advanced in straight sets. But three other seeds stumbled. Unseeded American Laura Granville bounced No. 27 Severine Bremond of France, 6-3, 7-6; Russia's Elena Likhovtseva upset countrywoman Olga Poutchkova (26th), and Alicia Molik of Australia beat Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain (24) in three sets.