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Roddick renews grasscourt confidence

  • dgec
  • 21 June 2012
  • 09:06

Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick renewed his grasscourt confidence with a place in the quarterfinals in Eastbourne on Wednesday.

The American sixth seed, playing on a wild card after an early loss at last week's Queen's Club, defeated Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) to continue his successful debut appearance in this English seaside town.

It was still hard work, with Chardy saving four match points in the 12th game of the second set and two more in the tiebreaker, before Roddick eventually came through with a winning backhand pass to end the contest.

The former world No 1, now ranked 33rd, ended a six-match losing streak with his opening win after writing off his claycourt season, which featured three losses in Dusseldorf and one at the French Open.

"It was good, I served well and returned pretty well. He served great on big points, but I stuck through there," said Roddick.

"I'm comfortable on this surface. I started playing really well in practice when I got here.

"If you ask me the reason, I'd give you a blank stare, because I have no idea how this game works and why it works, why all of a sudden I came out and I played three really good sets so far."

Elsewhere, the exodus of seeds continued, with No 2 Marcel Granollers of Spain going down 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2) to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

Australian fourth seed Bernard Tomic led 5-2 in the final set but could not see out the win as Italy's Fabio Fognini emerged a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 winner in their second-round contest.

Italian third seed Andreas Seppi is through, however, after beating Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 while Belgian Steve Darcis defeated former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

American Ryan Harrison stopped Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan 6-1, 7-6 (7/2).

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