Andy Roddick is back on court for the first time since injuring his thigh during Shanghai last month. Roddick will be tested immediately by American countryman Sam Querrey in the first round at Basel on Wednesday.
“Obviously a lot of it was centered around trying to get healthy, physical therapy sessions, etc.,” Roddick said about his time off. “I didn’t play much for the first eight, nine days that I was home. Primary concern was just making sure I was better to try and play here.
“You make a choice to play, and I’m healthy enough to play and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Roddick is currently 8th in the 2010 standings, just a few hundred points ahead of Fernando Verdasco for the final London spot.
Top seed and local favorite Roger Federer is in second round action against Janko Tipsarevic. Tomas Berdych and John Isner are also scheduled in second round play.
Earlier today, defending champion Novak Djokovic eased passed the slumping Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-2.
“It was the first match of the tournament for me, and you never know what to expect,” said Djokovic. “At the start of the match I was trying to find a good rhythm and I kept in control of the match throughout. I was returning well, playing patiently, playing good tennis when I needed to and I’m happy to go through to the second round in straight sets.”
Marin Cilic, Vicktor Troicki and Richard Gasquet were among the other victors in Basel.
In Valencia, Span, fresh off a 6-3, 7-6(1) win over Feliciano Lopez, top seed and defending champion Andy Murray returns to face Juan Monaco.
“It was a good start so hopefully if I can play a few matches I can start to feel better and better, but it’s going to take me a little bit of time,” said Murray, “Obviously there were a lot more important things to worry about last week than training so it might take a few extra days to feel very good again.”
On Wednesday, in addition to Murray, Gael Monfils, Mikhail Youhzny and Verdasco are scheduled. Verdasco meets Gilles Simon
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