Elbowing their way toward the semifinals and a likely face-off to play Roger Federer in the final, the “Andys,” Andy Roddick and Andy Murray, both advanced in four sets on Tuesday at Wimbledon.
Murray dropped the second set against American Robert Kendrick before moving into the second round, while Roddick dropped the third before subduing former Wimbledon junior champ Jeremy Chardy of France.
“It’s tough to get into a groove against him because he doesn’t give you a whole lot of rhythm out there,” Roddick said of Chardy. “I felt if I kept it deep and played consistently he might donate a few points.”
Murray stayed calm during his tough draw against the big-serving Kendrick.
“It wasn’t an easy match,” Murray said. “It was difficult. Staying calm was a huge part of winning. He came up with some huge serves when he was down. And sometimes that can get frustrating.”
Other Top 10-seeded winners were (5) Juan Martin Del Potro cruising past Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-1, 6-2, (8) Gilles Simon stopping Bobby Reynolds 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, and (10) Fernando Gonzalez edging Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.
Seeded upset victims were (14) Marat Safin falling to American Jesse Levine in four sets, (25) Dmitry Tursunov retiring against Mischa Zverev with injury, and Fabrice “The Magician” Santoro steamrolling (33) Nicolas Kiefer in straights.
Notable unseeded winners were former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero over Mikhail Youzhny in straights, and former No. 1 and Wimbledon champ Lleyton Hewitt dropping Robby Ginepri 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
“I have a chance to do a good tournament,” said del Potro, who next faces Hewitt. “When I go into the court I always think victory. Now I have a very good player in front of me, but I have my weapons. I have my game and I am confident and try to beat him.”
Matches of interest Wednesday are (2) Roger Federer vs. Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez of Spain, American Sam Querrey vs. (11) Marin Cilic, (4) Novak Djokovic vs. German Simon Greul, (24) Tommy Haas vs. Michael Llodra in a match that will actually feature net play, (28) Mardy Fish vs. Janko Tipsarevic, (13) Robin Soderling on a collision course vs. Federer against Marcel Granollers, and Vincent “Vincenzo Rollin’ in the Benzo” Spadea vs. (29) Igor Andreev.
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