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Seeds sail through in Memphis

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:27

Top seed and world No.6 Andy Roddick cruised to a second round victory on Thursday crushing fellow countryman Robby Ginepri 6-2, 6-3.

Roddick dominated the 61-minute match serving eleven aces and winning seventy seven percent of service points.

“I feel like I’m in a pretty good groove serving right now,” said Roddick.

“I feel comfortable. The percentages seem like they’re there, so that certainly gives you a decent opportunity when you serve well.”

Other seeds to make it through the second round in Memphis were second seed Juan Martin del Potro, fifth seed and last weeks victor in San Jose, Radek Stepanek, and eighth seed Yankee Sam Querrey.

Del Potro cruised past Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-4, while Stepanek and Querrey overcame Austrian Stefan Koubek and former world No.8 Marcos Baghdatis respectively.

Unseeded players also featuring in the last eight in Memphis are world No.103 Lleyton Hewitt, Christophe Rochus, qualifier Dudi Sela and world No.43 Igor Kunitsyn.

Aussie favourite Hewitt continued his winning ways with a straight-sets 6-2, 7-6 victory over fellow Australian Chris Guccione.

I’m feeling pretty good about the way things are going, Hewitt said.

Jim and I did a lot of moving in that three-set match and I was happy with the result. Today against Guccione, there weren’t so many long points, and that was probably good.

We practise together, gone to battle for our country together. We know everything about each other’s games, so it’s tough to go through something like this, Hewitt said.

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