Berdych, Roddick survive rain

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SHANGHAI -- Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick were among Tuesday's winners at the $5.25 million Shanghai Masters.

The seventh-seeded Berdych fought off an upset stomach en route to a 6-0, 6-4 second-round victory against former top-10 Spaniard Tommy Robredo, while the 10th-seeded Roddick got past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3, 2-1, as the German retired from their first-round match due to an illness at Qizhong Tennis Center.

Up next for Roddick will be Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who was a surprise champion in Bangkok two weeks ago, which included a huge semifinal upset over his countryman Rafael Nadal there.

Roddick is playing his first tennis since an early exit at the U.S. Open last month.

"I thought I hit the ball well in what we did play today," Roddick said. "I started to hit the ball pretty well last week, also. I don't feel like I'm fighting myself out there. After the Open, I was able to train the way I want to for the first time in a while."

One other seed advanced on a rainy Tuesday here, as last week's China Open runner-up, 11th-seeded David Ferrer, handled French lefthander Michael Llodra 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 on Day 3. The Spanish Ferrer succumbed to world No. 2 Serbian star Novak Djokovic in Monday's title match in Beijing.

Last week's Tokyo runner-up to the world No. 1 Nadal, 15th-seeded Gael Monfils of France, was leading German Benjamin Becker 1-0 in the first set of their opening-round affair here on Tuesday when play was called due to inclement weather.

Meanwhile, former top-five star Ivan Ljubicic overcame Chinese wild card Ze Zhang 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-foot-9 American John Isner saved a whopping seven match points before sneaking past Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (9-7) in round one. The marathon man Isner, who beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in the longest-ever tennis match back in June, launched 24 aces and needed 2 hours, 49 minutes to advance here on Tuesday.

Additional opening-round wins came for Spanish lucky-loser Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Chinese wild card Yan Bai and Serb Janko Tipsarevic. The 465th-ranked Yan upset world No. 30 Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4 for his first win on the ATP World Tour. He'll meet British star Andy Murray in the round of 32.

Seven other first-round matches were either suspended or postponed because of rain on Day 3.

The rest of the second round is scheduled to be staged here on Wednesday, including matches for all of the top seeds -- the reigning U.S. Open, Wimbledon and French Open champion Nadal, the U.S. Open runner-up Djokovic, Australian Open titlist Roger Federer, the Aussie Open runner-up Murray, French Open runner-up Robin Soderling and reigning Shanghai Masters titlist Nikolay Davydenko, who upset Nadal in last year's inaugural finale here. Nadal will meet tough Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, while Djokovic, fresh off his title in Beijing, will battle Ljubicic and the former No. 1 Federer will face the towering Isner.

This week's big winner will collect $616,500.


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