16
Feb
11

Roddick, Fish, Querrey & Blake all advance in Memphis.

Andy Roddick recovered from losing the first set to see off Lithuania’s Richard Berankis at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. The American sent down 23 aces, including 11 in the final set, as he battled back to claim a 4-6 6-2 6-3 success in just over one-and-a-half hours. Roddick wasted three break-point chances in the opening set as Berankis made the most of his solitary chance to break the home favourite’s serve, but the former US Open champion took his two break opportunities in the second and one in the third to turn the match around. Berankis’ cause was undermined by his poor serving, the Lithuanian managing just 38% of first serves.

Fourth seed Mardy Fish recorded a straight-sets win over Teymuraz Gabashvili. The American wrapped up a 6-1 7-5 win over his Russian opponent.

Sam Querry, the fifth seed, had a rather tougher test as the American finally saw off Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 in two hours 21 minutes. It was a match dominated by the serve, with Querry claiming the only break in the final set.

Former world number four James Blake defeated Brazil’s Ricardo Mello 6-4 6-3.

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