Roddick Wins, Blake Exit Shocker at ATP San Jose

Posted on February 15, 2006

Andy Roddick began his quest for three consecutive San Jose titles Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez, the player who defeated Andre Agassi weeks ago in Delray Beach.

"I didn't have my best stuff tonight, but I got through and there's something to be said for that," said Roddick, still not 100 percent after getting ill over the weekend during Davis Cup play. "I'm hitting the ball alright now, it's just a matter of feeling comfortable with the ins and outs of the points. I feel OK, close to 100 percent, I should be good by the time -- I'm glad I got to play have tomorrow off. After last Friday, it's probably the worst I've ever felt after a tennis match, just completely drained."

Going home early in a stunner Tuesday was American James Blake, who was stuck in fifth gear spraying 42 unforced errors in a 6-3, 7-5 opening-round loss to Taipei's Yeu-Tzuoo Wang.

"I don't have the best explanation why I lost and I can't play tentative," said Blake, who converted 2 of 12 break points, on his inability to change speeds. "I didn't take it to him the way I normally should. He played really well and I didn't convert too many break points. I thought my serve was something I could count on and it was one of those days where it didn't go my way."
American qualifiers went 2-and-0 on the day, with Brian Wilson (d. (8) Karlovic in two tiebreaks) and Justin Gimelstob (d. (LL) Rehnquist) into the second round.

"I had a little nerves in the first set and he has a great serve," Wilson said of Karlovic. "I wanted to block his first serve low and take some chances when I had a good look. It feels great. My mom and dad flew up from San Diego and my aunt was here and it makes it feel better. It feels good to win my first ATP match."

Unseeded Swede Robin Soderling also advanced into the second round, straight-setting Roddick's Davis Cup conqueror Andrei Pavel.

In doubles the wildcarded Jensen brothers went down to top seeds Aspelin/Perry 6-2, 6-1.

Scheduled for Wednesday are Schuettler vs. Vliegen, Dlouhy vs. Carlsen, Spadea vs. (LL) Rettenmaier in an all-American, (7) Tursunov vs. Bjorkman, Arthurs vs. Reynolds, (4) Robredo vs. (WC) Philippoussis, Goldstein vs. (3) Hewitt, and in doubles (WC) Bjorkman/J.McEnroe vs. (2) Arthurs/Huss.