Roddick overcomes Stakhovsky in Cincinnati

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Mason, OH - Ninth-seeded American Andy Roddick outlasted Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 in the first round Monday at the $3 million Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, a U.S. Open Series event.

Roddick was ahead 5-2 in the second set tiebreaker, but blew that opportunity before breezing in the third set during the night match on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Roddick won this tournament in 2003 and 2006 and was the runner-up in 2005.

Spaniard David Ferrer, the 10th seed, beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In other action involving seeds, No. 13 Jurgen Melzer of Austria handled Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 6-4 and Swiss slugger Stanislas Wawrinka upended No. 14 Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-3.

Rising American Sam Querrey got past German Philipp Petzschner 6-1, 6-4, while American qualifier Taylor Dent advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 handling of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. Dent is rewarded with a second-rounder against another Spaniard, world No. 1 superstar Rafael Nadal.

Additional Day-2 wins came for Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci, France's Paul-Henri Mathieu, Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, German Michael Berrer and Serb Viktor Troicki, who doused struggling Czech Radek Stepanek 7-5, 6-1. Berrer bested former top-10 star Tommy Robredo 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (10-8). Troicki's second- round opponent will be second-seeded world No. 3 star Novak Djokovic.

Nadal and Djokovic are joined in this week's field by Roger Federer and Andy Murray, who upset Federer in Sunday's Canadian Masters final. Federer beat the two-time runner-up Djokovic in last year's Cincy finale and also titled here in 2005 and 2007. Murray was the winner here in 2008.

The 2010 Cincinnati champ will claim $443,500.

Kim Clijsters beat Maria Sharapova in the women's final here last week.


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