x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Roddick swats away Kunitsyn threat

The American overcomes a mid-match stutter to beat Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to book a place in the third-round at SW19.

LONDON // American sixth seed Andy Roddick overcame a mid-match stutter to beat Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to book a place in the third-round at SW19. Roddick, twice a finalist at the All England Club, looked set to sail through after taking the first two sets with ease thanks to his whiplash serve and improving groundstroke placement. But Kunitsyn, ranked 39 and facing the American for the first time, hit back in the third before Roddick sealed the win in two hours and six minutes on Court One, sealing it when the Russian hit an off-balance forehand into the net.

Roddick will face Austrian 26th seed Juergen Melzer in round three. *Reuters