Roddick, Murray advance to second round

Updated: February 22, 2007, 12:15 AM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Andy Roddick advanced to the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Wednesday, beating Sweden's Thomas Johansson 6-2, 7-5.

"I felt like I was putting a lot more balls in the court," said Roddick, the 2002 Memphis winner. "I was a little more patient out there."

The top-seeded Roddick was playing for the first time since reaching the semifinals last week in San Jose. He broke Johansson twice to win the first set easily and won the final 12 points of the second set.

"Overall, I was pleased," Roddick said.

Third-seeded Andy Murray, the San Jose winner, also advanced along with seventh-seeded Julien Benneteau and American teen Sam Querrey.

Murray beat Canadian Frank Dancevic, overcoming a 2-4 deficit in the final set for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

"Obviously I'm glad to come through," the Scot said. "I've got to give him some credit. I think he missed maybe two first serves like in the whole second set. He hardly missed a ball. [But] it's all about fighting and coming through those matches and I managed to do that really well."

Benneteau, who upset Roddick in last year's ATP Tour event at The Racquet Club, defeated South Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee 7-5, 6-3. Benneteau was a qualifier last year when he eliminated Roddick in the quarterfinals.

Querrey had 17 aces in his 6-3, 6-2 win over Croatia's Ivo Karlovic. The tour leader in aces, Karlovic was hampered by a left knee injury and had only five.

Germany's Benjamin Becker was a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner over Robert Kendrick.

"He just went for winners on every first ball," Becker said. "He hit a lot of winners without making any mistakes. I was waiting for him to make mistakes and he finally did in the second set."

In second-round matches, Teimuraz Gabashvili beat Alex Kuznetsov 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 and Stefan Koubek topped Evgeny Korolev 7-6 (4), 6-2.

In women's second-round play in the Cellular South Cup, top-seeded Shahar Peer beat Milagros Sequera 6-0, 6-0. Defending champion Sofia Arvidsson, who is not seeded, eliminated fifth-seeded Nicole Pratt 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.


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