PARIS -- Second seed Andy Roddick slumped
out of the French Open on Wednesday in a shocking five-set defeat
by Frenchman Olivier Mutis.
Mutis won 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2, as the U.S. Open champion found himself
outplayed under darkening Paris skies.
Roddick's erratic effort showed he's still learning how to play
on clay. He blew an easy volley to
lose serve in the opening game of the final set, then began to play
too aggressively. He became increasingly dispirited as his mistakes
mounted and fell behind 5-0.
"I was waffling," Roddick acknowledged. "I wasn't decisive
enough. I wasn't sticking with things I wanted to do."
Mutis, a 26-year-old Frenchman ranked 125th, served his 10th ace
to close out the victory. It was just the second five-set win of
his career, and it delighted the small crowd watching the final
match of the day at Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Mutis, who advanced to the third round of a major event for the
first time, said the win was the biggest of his career.
"I really enjoyed myself," he said. "I hope to go farther."
Mutis, who had not won a match this year prior to the tournament, mixed up his play superbly to undo
Roddick, 21, in a see-saw encounter and sealed victory
with an ace after 3 hours, 11 minutes.
"He was a different player the latter part of the match than he
was at the beginning," Roddick said. "That was my fault that I
let him back into the match."
Cool, damp evening conditions cost Roddick some of his power. He
hit 15 aces but lost his serve nine times.
Roddick's second-round appearance, although not his best effort in Paris, which was the third round in 2001, was an improvement after losing in the first round the past two years.
The exit of Roddick, who has been
suffering from a stomach upset, meant the United States has no
representatives left in the men's singles draw.
No. 27-seeded Vince Spadea was also beaten, leaving no American
in the men's draw midway through the second round. Spadea, who
erased nine match points in a first-round victory, lost to Julien
Jeanpierre 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.
The next highest seed at No. 3, Guillermo Coria overcame a slow start
to beat qualifier Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.
Coria, a semifinalist last year, lost four of the first five
games and needed more than an hour to pull out the first set. He
rallied from a service break down in the third set.
"I knew it would be a difficult beginning to the match, that he
would give me everything he had," Coria said. "I finished the
match very well, and I'm playing well."
Coria had 29 winners and just 25 unforced errors against fellow
Argentine Monaco, who was playing in his first Grand Slam
tournament. Monaco was hurt by 10 double faults but kept Coria the
court for nearly 2˝ hours.
A French Open junior champion in 1999, Coria is seeking his
first Grand Slam title. He has won 33 of his past 34 clay-court
matches, with the only loss to top-ranked Roger Federer in this
month's Hamburg final.
"I know there are difficult matches ahead," Coria said.
"Everyone is here to win, as am I."
Former French Open champion Carlos
Moya took just 78 minutes to clinch a bittersweet victory over
fellow Spaniard and best friend Fernando Vicente at Roland
Garros on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old won 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 for his 11th straight victory against Vicente to stroll into the French Open third round.
"Well, it's not easy. He's my best friend on the tour, and
I know he's having a hard time now because he was injured for a
long time," Moya said.
Having lost all 10 previous matches against Moya, Vicente
appeared to merely go through the motions on Court Suzanne
Lenglen and never looked like denting the baseliner's game.
Moya seemed unable to look his friend in the eye during the
the one-sided contest.
"Well, what I can say is I didn't have fun at all today,
although I played a very good match and I won in straight sets
playing solid," Moya said.
Moya, champion in Paris in 1998, is seeded fifth this time
round and faces Dutchman Raemon Sluiter next.
No. 9 Tim Henman marched through to the third round with a 6-0,
6-3, 6-3 demolition of Germany's Lars Burgsmueller.
The ninth-seeded Henman wrapped up the first set in only 20 minutes with a
near-flawless display of shotmaking and Burgsmueller, ranked 91st,
was never in contention after that.
Henman plays Spanish clay specialist Galo Blanco in the
In other men's play, two-time runner-up Alex Corretja, beat No. 13
Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. No. 22 Juan Ignacio Chela
defeated Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.