x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Roddick strides into French fourth round for first time

The sixth-seeded American powers into the fourth round at Roland Garros with a confident victory over Frenchman Marc Gicquel.

PARIS // The sixth seed Andy Roddick powered into the French Open fourth round for the first time today with a confident 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Frenchman Marc Gicquel. Roddick, the last American man to win a grand slam at the US Open in 2003, broke in the second and sixth games and his potent deliveries ensured he was never in danger on his own serve as he took the first set in 28 minutes. Looking threatening at the net, Roddick forced the 32-year-old Frenchman to miss a drop-shot to break for 4-3 before going two sets up with a backhand winner. Even the partisan crowd could not lift Gicquel, although he saved two match points when Roddick could not get enough clout into a backhand and then missed an easy forehand. Roddick advanced with a scorching serve that Gicquel could not control.

* Reuters