Andy Roddick’s right shoulder survived a bruising examination by Spaniard Feliciano Lopez on Tuesday as the American opened his grass-court season with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 victory in the second round at Queen’s Club.
The three-time Wimbledon -runner-up watched 35 aces whistle past his racket, but finally broke Lopez’s wickedly sliding, left-handed serve in the last game of the match to move into the third round of the tournament he has won four times.
Roddick, always popular with the London crowds for his all-action style, was joined in the third round by Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-2 despite needing treatment after tumbling on the slick grass.
Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion whose career has been stalled by wrist and hip injuries, had a bandage wrapped around his left thigh, but said it was nothing serious.
Defending champion Sam Querrey reached the third round, beating German veteran Rainer Schuettler 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, and will face British wildcard James Ward, who produced the shock of the day to dispose of Swiss fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6, 6-3.
REUTERS, HALLE, GERMANY
Last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych survived a major first-round scare at the Halle Open on Tuesday, saving three match points to struggle past 169th ranked Belgian Ruben Bemelmans 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.
World No. 7 Berdych, who won the German grass-court tournament in 2007 and is the highest ranked player left in the draw after the withdrawal of Roger Federer, was made to work hard against the 23-year-old at the Wimbledon warm-up event.
Bemelmans carved out three match points in the second set tiebreak, but Berdych held firm, first firing a winner that bounced just in, then hitting a volley before grinding out a baseline rally to stay in the match and win it in the third set.
World No. 8 Gael Monfils had far less trouble against fellow Frenchman Florent Serra, easing into the second round with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas ran out of steam in his ongoing comeback, losing to Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.
The loss of fan favorite Haas was more bad news for the organizers, who on Tuesday said they were “shocked and disappointed” that five-time Halle champion Federer pulled out at the last minute on Monday, a day after losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.
“Everything had been prepared for him. From a private jet to a nanny, we had everything prepared for him,” tournament director Ralf Weber said.