On Military Appreciation Night and a perfect evening for tennis in Winston-Salem, Andy Roddick edged fellow American James Blake to advance in the Winston-Salem Open, 7-6. 7-6.
Roddick fell behind early as Blake's return of service was sharp, leading to an early break. But it was Roddick who battled back to force a first set tiebreaker. He went on to win the tiebreak 8-6.
In the second set, both players were strong in their service games as break points were hard to come by. It was Blake with chances in the set but the former U.S. Open Champion was able to fight off two set points in the set. Just as the first set, the second went to another tight tiebreak. It appeared that Roddick had the advantage but Blake stormed back to gain an edge, but once again it was Roddick prevailing.
In other action on Monday, David Goffin of Belgium upset 10th seeded, Viktor Troicki 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. American Donald Young advanced past Leonardo Mayer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile American Sam Querrey was up a set over Santiago Giraldo before play was suspended due to rain. Qualifier, Michael McClune of the United States advanced past Alejandro Falla 6-1, 6-4.
Top Seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face Thomaz Belluci of Brazil who advanced as Marcos Baghdatis was forced to retire in the second set.
Other winners on Monday include, Lukasz Kubot who defeated veteran Tommy Robredo while Robin Haase beat former top 5 player Nickolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-3. Play resumes on Tuesday at Wake Forest University.
Andy Roddick's Post Match Press Conference: