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Roddick advances at Memphis tennis

Memphis: American top seed Andy Roddick advanced to the second round of the USD 1.32 million ATP-WTA Memphis tournament with a three-set victory over Richard Berankis.

Roddick had to rally from behind after dropping the opening set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 over the unseeded Lithuanian in the 91-minute match on the indoor hardcourts.

Roddick`s American teammate Mardy Fish also won his opening match by beating Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 7-5.

Fish missed last week`s event in San Jose, California, due to a thyroid condition.

"I felt a lot better today than I did Friday," Fish said. "So that`s a good sign. Obviously, the goal is to try to get to 100 percent. To be honest, I`ve felt better each day."

Fish is trying to recapture some of the magic he had last year when he won two tournaments and reached a career high ranking of 16 in the world.

Czech Radek Stepanek and Croatian Ivan Dodig also advanced with victories over a pair of Germans.

Dodig rallied to beat Rainer Schuettler 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and Stepanek cruised past Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-2. Dodig is fresh of his first ATP Tour title achieved a couple of weeks ago in Croatia.

In second-round matches on the women`s side, seventh seeded Renata Voracova was ousted by Ksenia Pervak 6-1, 6-1.

Magdalena Rybarikova beat Anne Keothavong, a Memphis semi-finalist the previous two years.

Bureau Report

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