Roddick returns from shoulder injury, wins at Queen's Club

Updated: June 11, 2008, 2:03 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Andy Roddick, showing no lingering effects of the shoulder injury that kept him out of the French Open, rallied to defeat Robby Ginepri 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-1, on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Wimbledon warmup event at Queen's Club.

The third-seeded defending champion, bidding for a fifth Queen's title in six years, had not played since retiring with the injury at the Rome Masters semifinals on May 10.

Andy Roddick
Julian Finney/Getty ImagesAndy Roddick, who has not played in a month because of a shoulder injury, showed some rust in the first set before beating Robby Ginepri.

"After the first set I thought it was actually really good," Roddick said. "It was a tale of kind of two matches. Almost the first set I was feeling like I was a little bit behind on everything, a little bit slow, just from not having played.

"The next two I actually picked it up and played probably better than I thought I could right now, considering."

French Open champion Rafael Nadal had little trouble adjusting to grass, dispatching Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 6-2.

The top-seeded Nadal arrived in London on Monday -- a day after lifting the French Open trophy for the fourth straight time -- to begin preparing for Wimbledon.

He practiced on grass and competed in doubles on Tuesday. He had a bye in the first round of the singles tournament.

"The first day, the sensation is a little bit strange," Nadal said. "But for sure, this tournament is very important. If I can have a very good result here, it is going to be very important for me."

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Roddick and Ginepri easily held serve in their opening set, with Ginepri surrendering just four points on his serve and Roddick five to reach a tiebreaker. Ginepri then took the set on his third set point when Roddick netted a backhand volley.

Roddick argued with umpire Gerry Armstrong early in the second set before a forced backhand error gave him a break for 3-1.

Another break for 5-1 left Roddick serving to even the match at one set each. A run of 11 consecutive points in the third set put him ahead 4-0.

Lleyton Hewitt, who also is bidding for a fifth Queen's title, eased past Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-3, 6-2, and No. 5 Richard Gasquet advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Simone Bolelli of Italy.

American Mardy Fish defeated Chris Guccione 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-4, and Fernando Gonzalez advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Marat Safin.

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic saved three set points in the second-set tiebreaker before overcoming Roko Karanusic 6-2, 7-6 (7).


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