Saturday, March 10, 2012

Roddick battles into Indian Wells third round

Roddick battles into Indian Wells third round

Andy Roddick beat Lucasz Kubot 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open 2012 tennis event in Indian Wells.

Kubot served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was broken and Roddick took the momentum to claim the set in the tie breaker.

The American then needed to save a break point early in the third. He went up the decisive break at 4-3, and broke again with a winner on match point to seal the win.

“In the first two sets I couldn't have hit a return into the ocean from the beach, much less on a tennis court," said Roddick. “I started swinging out of my returns a little more. That was all the difference… It was just a matter of making him pay for not making first serves, and I did not do that at all early in the match and then I did it well. It was like a line in the sand. It went from terrible to good for whatever reason.”

Roddick will next play Tomas Berdych, who defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4.

“You're not gonna want to leave the ball hanging or let him get set,” Roddick said about Berdych. “You kinda have to mix some things up so he doesn't get a rhythm. Once he starts kinda going and feeling good, he hits the ball so clean you kinda have to take him out of that a little bit.”