Wed, 29 Aug 2012 09:22:08 GMT | By AP

Djokovic, Roddick, Tsonga advance at the US Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic lost the first game Tuesday then ran off 18 of the next 19 en route to a 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 win over Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the first round of the U.S. Open.


Djokovic, Roddick, Tsonga advance at the US Open (© AFP)

Second-seeded Djokovic won 79 of 114 points and finished with seven aces and 32 winners compared to zero and 10 for his opponent.

The match took only 73 minutes.

After Lorenzi won the first game of the third set, he raised his hands in mock victory and got a nice hand from the crowd. But that was it. He won the same number of games he did to start the Grand Slam season, in a 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 loss to Djokovic in the first round of the Australian Open.

Someday, the fans will crowd into Arthur Ashe Stadium to watch some other American star play.

For now, Andy Roddick remains the man they want to see at the U.S. Open -- and he's in no rush to see that change.
Roddick put at least a temporary halt to a budding American success story Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over 21-year-old qualifier Rhyne Williams.

Williams, the NCAA runner-up in 2011 who earned a wildcard into qualifying, won three straight matches last week at Flushing Meadows to get into the main draw, then suddenly found himself making his Grand Slam debut in the world's largest tennis stadium against the 2003 champion.

A tough situation for him - though more of the same for Roddick, who won his 41st U.S. Open match.
"It feels like I always play the young, American guys here," Roddick said.

Last year, Roddick defeated 18-year-old Jack Sock in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Three years ago, it was a meeting with John Isner, who was ranked 55th at the time when he beat Roddick in the third round.

This year, the opponent was Williams, who played college tennis at Tennessee, came into this week ranked 289th and whose biggest payday this year was $7,700 for making it through qualifying at Indian Wells. This first-round loss will net him $23,000, though the learning experience figures to be worth every bit as much.

Roddick, who turns 30 on Thursday, controlled this match throughout, finishing with 20 aces, and serving at a top speed of 141 mph. He left impressed with his opponent, who dropped one service break in each set but made Roddick work to close them all out.

"He did it the hard way," Roddick said. "He got through quallies, so that's a good effort by him. Hopefully we'll see a lot more of him."

Fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat qualifier Karol Beck in straight sets in the first round of the U.S. Open.
Tsonga won 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Tuesday, rallying from down a break in the third set. Both players had 36 unforced errors, but Tsonga had 41 winners to 25 for Beck.

The Frenchman made the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open last year, his best showing at Flushing Meadows.
The 143rd-ranked Beck, from Slovakia, reached the round of 16 at the 2004 Open, but the 30-year-old has lost in the first round in 16 of his 24 Grand Slam appearances.

Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych also won with a straight-set win.

Berdych beat 56th-ranked David Goffin of Belgium 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Goffin had reached a career-high ranking after making the round of 16 at the French Open and the third round at Wimbledon. He was making his U.S. Open debut.

Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up from the Czech Republic, has never been past the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows.
Goffin converted just 2 of 18 break points. Berdych had 17 aces and 40 winners.

Milos Raonic won his first match at the U.S. Open with a five-set victory over Santiago Giraldo.

The 15th-seeded Canadian beat Giraldo 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 3 hours, 25 minutes. The 21-year-old is ranked a career-best 16th.

Giraldo, a 46th-ranked Colombian, is 1-6 in his career in five-set matches.

Raonic had 30 aces, including four on second serves, but 15 double-faults. Raonic's average first serve was 123 mph to 103 mph for Giraldo.

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