Olympics: Roddick, Raonic off to a Good Start, through to the Second Round

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American Andy Roddick got off to a good start in his debut London 2012 match against Slovakian Martin Klizan.  Serving an impressive 79%, Roddick was aggressive from the start, forcing errors from his opponent’s side.  Ranked no. 52 in the world, the 23-year-old Klizan played well and defended 11/13 breakpoint chances on his serve.  Roddick, however, proved to be too strong.  Though the American only struck 5 aces, his service games were impenetrable and gave Klizan 0 break point opportunities.  Roddick’s pressure got the better of the young Slovakian, and he took the match comfortably with a score of 7-5, 6-4.Coming off his recent title wins in Atlanta and Eastbourne, the world no. 21 has been on a hot streak of late.  However, it will take near-perfect play from the American veteran to get past his second-round opponent Novak Djokovic.  Though the Serbian no. 2 struggled initially in his first round match at the Olympics, he will still be the heavily favoured player in his second-round match.

Roddick is playing for his first-ever Olympic medal, while Djokovic is looking to improve upon his Bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

World no. 23 and Canadian no. 1 Milos Raonic also kicked off his Olympic campaign with a straight-sets victory over Tatsuma Ito of Japan.  In a match which was postponed because of rain, Raonic needed little time to warm up and was clearly the stronger player from the start.  The 21-year-old Canadian quickly took control of his service games, hitting 11 aces and winning an impressive 86% of first serve points.  No. 68 ranked Ito squandered a chance for a break point and was broken twice in the match to hand Raonic the win at 6-3, 6-4.

In his first Olympics, Raonic will face a tougher task in his second-round opponent, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  The Frenchman needed 3 sets to defeat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.

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