>Andy Roddick had successfully past a second round test against Blaz Kavcic, winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Roddick not only had to beat his opponent but also the horrendous weather in Paris and his own mental demons. In the third set Roddick was up two breaks and serving for a 4-0 lead when he became irritated by a line call that went against him. He lost the next two games as he continued to complain about the call, and remained edgey about other calls as the set progressed.
All the rain in Paris had made conditions heavier and slower, even with the courts covered, which made life harder for Roddick who doesn’t move naturally on clay and prefers a faster surface. “It was brutal for me out there. I couldn’t get my serve to go anywhere and the ball was just sitting up. I woke up this morning, looked out my window, and knew that it was gonna be a long one. It kind of takes away a lot of shots and it makes it just about hitting the ball and running.”
The match was interrupted by one long rain delay and two shorter ones. Roddick, a three time runner up at Wimbledon, was the more experienced player in dealing with such disturbances to play. Despite his experience Roddick still struggled on serve with both players frequently breaking each other, with a total of 17 breaks of serve happening during the match that was dragged out between 3.45pm and 8.20pm.
Roddick will next face Teimuraz Gabashvili on Saturday. If he wins, he equals his best showing at Roland Garros (4th round).