wpostServer: http://css.washingtonpost.com/wpost2

Most Read: Sports

http://www.washingtonpost.com/2010/07/06/ABMK8PP_linkset.html
The Early Lead
Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Wimbledon 2011: Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic win in straight sets


Andy Roddick returns against Andreas Beck. (Anja Niedringhaus / AP)

Updated at 1:40 p.m. (EDT)

Despite a small glitch in the second set, Andy Roddick rolled to a straight-sets victory over Andreas Beck of Germany today at Wimbledon.

Roddick, the eighth seed, won 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 with 30 aces and 10 unforced errors on a busy day of tennis, thanks to a rainy Monday.

In other men’s matches, Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2.

Novak Djokovic, whose 43-match winning streak was ended by Federer in a French Open semifinal, dispatched Jeremy Chardy of France, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

One of the most anticipated match of the day was the rematch of last year’s saga of a match between John Isner of the United States and Nicolas Mahut of France. Last year, Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68 as the match stretched out for 11 hours and 5 minutes — over three days.

This year, the match was considerably shorter, with Isner winning 7-6 (6-4), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) as darkness threatened to push the match to Wednesday.

“The tennis gods had it out for us,” Isner said last week drawing Mahut in the first round. “They wanted us to meet again. That's the only way I can explain it.”

When the draw was announced Friday, Isner’s reliefat not hearing the name Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic called after his was quickly replaced by disbelief.

“I was shocked, absolutely shocked,” Isner said. “Your first instinct is that the draw is rigged.”

MORE

Serena wins: Williams tearful in return

Wimbledon: Schedule, scores

Gallery: A sedate second day in fashion

Nadal rolls: A straight-sets win for Raffy

Handicapping the field: Players to watch

By  |  10:35 AM ET, 06/21/2011

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company