Former world no.1 Andy Roddick defeats Australian younster Bernard Tomic to book his place in the third round of the 2012 US Open. Roddick, who announced that he is going to retire from professional tennis after this tournament, prevailed in straight sets 6-3 6-4 ..
The American struck in the very early stages of the match, taking Tomic’s serve in the second game of the first set. Withouth giving the Australian a single break point opportunity till the end of the set, Roddick captured the set with a comfortable 6-3 scoreline. 7 aces and 78% first serve percentage helped him on the way to take a lead in the match.
Both players held their serves until the 9th game of the second set, when Roddick managed to break the Australian’s defence once more, clinching the second break of today’s encounter. He then went on to close in out as he held his serve to 15 and there wasn’t any doubt amongst the crowd that the American superstar will make his way into the next round.
Roddick, who turned 30 yesterday, only confirmed his dominance in the third set as he stormed to take it without dropping a single game. He tried to be agressive on every shorter ball from Tomic, stepping inside the baseline, not giving his opponent too much time to recover. Not only his first, but also his second second serve was absolutely outstanding throughout the match as he won an unbelievable 83% of the points after his second serve found it’s mark.
The 2003 US Open champion will face Italy’s Fabio Fognini in round 3. Fognini eliminated Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez also in straight sets 6-4 6-4 6-2.
In the other second round matches, Serb Janko Tipsarevic dismissed the American comeback player Brian Baker 6-4 6-3 6-4 and Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov overcame Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in four sets 6-4 3-6 6-0 7-6 (5).