Roddick pulls out of Rogers Cup

Eighth seeded Andy Roddick has withdrawn citing an illness.   (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

Eighth seeded Andy Roddick has withdrawn citing an illness. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

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Toronto - Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych was an easy second-round winner at the $2.43 million Roger Cup, an ATP Masters event. Former champion Andy Roddick pulled out of the draw here on Tuesday, citing an illness.

The seventh-seeded Berdych handled Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-4 in 90 minutes on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. The 6-foot-4 Berdych was a runner- up at the Miami Masters tournament back in April.

Roddick, meanwhile, was seeded eighth here and received a bye into the second round, where France's Paul Henri Mathieu will now take his place in the draw on Wednesday.

The former world No. 1 Roddick, who captured this Canadian event in 2003 and was the runner-up in 2002 and 2004, dropped out of the top 10 this week, leaving the men's top 10 without an American for the first time since the computer rankings began in 1973.

Unseeded Argentine David Nalbandian remained hot by outlasting and upending 10th-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in 2 hours, 15 minutes. Nalbandian tallied six service breaks, while Ferrer settled for five in the hard-fought affair.

Nalbandian is fresh off his title in Washington, D.C.. where he beat Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in a hardcourt finale. The former top-five Argentine has now won his last nine matches overall.

Baghdatis will not reach a second final in two weeks, as the former Aussie Open runner-up succumbed to France's Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) in round one Tuesday.

Serb Viktor Troicki posted a first-round upset by dismissing 11th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

Additional first-round wins came for Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu, Belgian Xavier Malisse and Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini, who erased Czech Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-4.

Andy Murray beat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in last year's final in Montreal. This tournament shifts between Montreal and Toronto each year.

This week's big winner will collect $443,500.


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