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Roddick struggles but reaches Round 3

Slump continues: 2008 French Open champ Ana Ivanovic, once ranked No. 1 in the world, falls to 10-10 this year by losing 6-3, 6-0 to Alisa Kleybanova in the second round.

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Slump continues: 2008 French Open champ Ana Ivanovic, once ranked No. 1 in the world, falls to 10-10 this year by losing 6-3, 6-0 to Alisa Kleybanova in the second round.

PARIS — On a rainy, chilly day, Andy Roddick lost his serve seven times, lost 48 points in all while serving and endured two delays in beating Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to reach the third round of the French Open.

Sixteen singles matches were postponed, including those with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. So they won't play their second-round matches until at least today, Day 6 of the tournament. In addition, five singles matches were suspended because of darkness with four-time champion Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova leading in the second set.

Roddick's match looked like a mismatch. Roddick is the No. 6 seed while Kavcic is No. 112 in the world and had won only two matches at the ATP level this year. But the weather and clay were equalizers.

"It was brutal for me out there," Roddick said. "I couldn't get my serve to go anywhere, and the ball was just sitting up. It kind of takes away a lot of shots, and it makes it just about hitting the ball and running.

"I don't know the last time I lost serve seven times and won. So I mean, it's bad. But there's got to be something good in there somewhere, too."

The first delay came with the second set tied at 5 and Kavcic serving at love-15. About an hour later, Roddick lost eight consecutive points and the set to even the match. As the American's mood soured, he snapped at the umpire and Kavcic.

"That's a horrible read," he said after the umpire rejected his appeal on a line call. "I know how to look at a mark and read it."

The crowd jeered Roddick.

During later disputes about two marks in the same game, Roddick and Kavcic exchanged words.

"Don't get upset with me when you just checked that one," Roddick said.

Kavcic said his opponent seemed nervous.

"He's like this all the time. I think when something goes wrong, he's trying to put the anger on somebody else, not himself," Kavcic said. "This was nothing bad for me. Maybe he was a little bit angry at me because I was fighting like crazy. That's his problem."

But Roddick, who hadn't played a match on clay this year before the French, escaped and now is above .500 (9-8) lifetime at Roland Garros.

"I've lost a lot of matches out there on conditions exactly like (that)," Roddick said. "But I was just kind of staying the course."

Other men's winners included No. 4 Andy Murray and American and No. 17 seed John Isner. The only seeded man to lose was No. 13 Gael Monfils, 2-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 9-7 to Fabio Fognini in a match suspended by darkness Wednesday at 5-5 in the fifth.

On the women's side, Ana Ivanovic lost a second-round match 6-3, 6-0 to No. 28 Alisa Kleybanova.

A former world No. 1 who won the French in 2008, Ivanovic is 10-10 this year and has won two matches in the past three Grand Slam events. The match lasted barely an hour — brief enough to be completed between showers.

Ivanovic made less than half of her first serves, including 35 percent in the second set, and won just 17 service points while double-faulting seven times.

Last winter, she hired Steffi Graf's former coach, Heinz Gunthardt, and she said she has made progress.

"I don't think I played that bad, actually," Ivanovic said. "For a while, I think she didn't miss a ball at all."

In other women's matches, No. 4 seed Jelena Jankovic, No. 5 Elena Dementieva and No. 11 Li Na won. Three seeded women lost: No. 8 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 21 Vera Zvonareva and No. 32 Kateryna Bondarenko.

Also, Kimiko Date Krumm, 39, who on Tuesday became the second-oldest woman to win a French Open match, lost 6-0, 6-3 to Jarmila Groth.

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Today's top matches

Men — No. 1 Roger Federer vs. Julian Reister; No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. Horacio Zeballos; No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori; No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 25 Marcos Baghdatis; No. 5 Robin Soderling vs. No. 29 Albert Montanes; No. 7 Fernando Verdasco vs. Florent Serra; No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Thiemo de Bakker

Women — No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Julia Goerges; No. 2 Venus Williams vs. No. 26 Dominika Cibulkova; No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki vs. No. 31 Alexandra Dulgheru; No. 5 Elena Dementieva vs. Aleksandra Wozniak; No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. No. 30 Maria Kirilenko; No. 15 Aravane Rezai vs. No. 19 Nadia Petrova

TV: 5 a.m., Tennis Channel; noon, ESPN2

Roddick struggles but reaches Round 3 05/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:58pm]
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