Andy Roddick tried wearing his cap backward, then forward, then backward again. He muttered, shook his head and looked to the sky for help. And when he hit a rare forehand winner, he raised his arms in mock triumph.
But it was Juan Ignacio Chela celebrating. The gangly Argentine jumped and punched the air after beating Roddick 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Friday in the Nasdaq-100 Open.
"This year I hadn't really had one of those days where I just didn't really play well and didn't show up," Roddick said. "It was just one of those days."
Roddick, 19, hoped to make another big splash in his back yard. Last year he entered No. 119 and upset Pete Sampras in the third round. This year the ranking (12th), seeding (10th) and expectations were higher. But he struggled, hitting 37 unforced errors and reaching break point twice.
No. 8-seeded Serena Williams won, but not without drawing jeers from the crowd. With American Lilia Osterloh serving two points from winning the first set at 5-4, a light rain prompted Williams to ask chair umpire Anne Lasserre-Ullrich about halting play.
Osterloh wanted to continue, but Lasserre-Ullrich stopped the match five minutes. Williams won 7-5, 6-1. No. 3 Martina Hingis advanced, beating Janet Lee 6-1, 6-0.
Defending champion Andre Agassi, seeded ninth, won a match suspended twice because of rain, beating Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-1. No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov and No. 7 Sebastien Grosjean also won.
_ Times staff writer James Thorner contributed to this report.