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Roddick advances in Brisbane

Andy Roddick fired 15 aces in a 6-4, 6-1 win over Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov to advance to the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Wednesday.



Brisbane: Andy Roddick fired 15 aces in a 6-4,
6-1 win over Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov to advance to the
quarterfinals of the Brisbane International tennis tournament
on Wednesday.

Roddick controlled the second round match with his
powerful serve, putting 71 percent of his first serves in play
and winning 87 percent of first serve points.

His barrage of aces helped victims of devastating
flooding in Australia`s Queensland and New South Wales states
after he pledged to donate USD 100 for every ace he serves at
the Brisbane tournament.

Australia`s Sam Stosur, the No. 1 women`s seed, made the
same pledge but was eliminated in the tournament`s second
round.

"A lot of the credit should go to Sam Stosur, it was her
initiative, she came up with the idea and I was happy to
follow her lead," Roddick said.

Roddick, the No. 2 seed, dropped his serve early in the
first set on the Pat Rafter Arena, then served with confidence
to sweep aside Dolgopolov in 57 minutes.

After breaking back at 3-4 down, the world No. 8 won 10
of the next 11 games to book a possible quarterfinal clash
with No. 5 seed Marcos Baghdatis.

In other early matches, No. 7 seed Florian Mayer of
Germany beat Lithuania`s Richard Berankis 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Women`s No. 4 seed Marion Bartoli of France beat Czech
Iveta Benesova 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.

Earlier, crowd favorite Jelena Dokic of Australia lost 10
straight games in a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Germany`s world No. 32
Andrea Petkovic, a setback ahead of the Australian Open.

Dokic said later she was suffering from a stomach virus
and had "nothing to give" in the 46 minute match. The former
world No. 4 said she overcame the virus in her shaky straight
sets win over Russian qualifier Anastasia Pivovarova on
Monday, but could not repeat the feat.

"I wasn`t in the match at all," she said "I`ve been sick
for a couple of days and I think it`s taken its toll.”

"I went to a doctor and we think it`s a stomach virus
I`ve had for two days.”

"I don`t like to make excuses for anything, I never do,
but when you`re playing a top-35 player you`ve got to have
everything to give."

Dokic said the loss would not affect her confidence ahead
of the Australian Open and she would be fit and back on track
for the Sydney International which starts on Sunday.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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