Andy Roddick didn't get to use his favorite weapons and tactics. It didn't matter.
Roddick, waited out a rain delay, then got key shots from his backhand and charged the net to hold off Tim Henman for a 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) victory last night in the first round of the ATP Masters Cup championship in Houston.
Roddick had one serve hit 142 mph, but he didn't win this one with his trademark blasts.
"Go figure," Roddick said. "I didn't feel I served that well, I didn't feel I hit my forehand that well but I moved and volleyed great so it was an atypical match for me."
In earlier matches, third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt came back to beat Carlos Moya, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 6-4, and Marat Safin of Russia needed just one hour to beat Guillermo Coria of Argentina, 6-1, 6-4. Coria played his first match in over three months after surgery on his right shoulder.
"If you play a guy like Lleyton you have to take advantage of your chances," Moya said. . . .
Lindsay Davenport finished No. 1 in the world for the third time in the year-end WTA rankings released yesterday.
Davenport won a WTA Tour-leading seven titles and had a 22-match winning streak during the summer hardcourt season. She also was No. 1 in 1998 and 2001.
"To be able to do it at 28 years old is quite an accomplishment," she said.
She led second-ranked Amelie Mauresmo by 214 points.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Mustafa Shakur scored 23 points and Ivan Radenovic 20 -- both career highs -- in 10th-ranked Arizona's often-sloppy 80-69 victory over San Diego last night in the first round of the Preseason NIT in Tucson.
* TRACK AND FIELD: Hearings in the doping cases of American sprinters Tim Montgomery and Chryste Gaines have been delayed until the next year, said the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. The sports world's highest court said Montgomery's hearing will start June 6 in San Francisco and Gaines's case will begin July 10 in New York.
* TRIATHLON: Nina Kraft was disqualified as winner of the 2004 Ironman Triathlon World Championship because of drug use, giving Natascha Badmann her fifth title. Last week, Kraft admitted taking the performance-enhancing drug EPO in the weeks leading up to the competition in Hawaii.
* SOCCER: U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna is expected to be sidelined for up to two more months after aggravating a thigh injury, and has gone to Germany to see a medical expert.
* CYCLING: David Fuentes of Berkeley, Calif., was suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for steroids.
* OBITUARY: Larry Williams, a Louisville basketball player in the 1970s who later spent five seasons in Europe, died at age 48. Williams's body was found at a Louisville motel Saturday, a deputy coroner said. The cause of death was not immediately determined.
-- From News Services