Former world no. 1 Andy Roddick got better of his countryman James Blake in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open as he undone him in two tiebreaks 7-6(8-6),7-6(8-6).
2003 US Open champion and three times Wimbledon finalist, served 11 Aces against his former world no. 4 and former Tennis Masters Cup finalist opponent.
Seeded 5th and ranked 21st in the world, Roddick was obviously happy on winning as he said,
"I've rarely been unhappy walking off the court with any win. I was fortunate to get through the first set, because (Blake) came out of the gates pretty hot. The second set I played well. I've been lucky a lot in my career. I'm good at winning those type of matches where it doesn't look that great all the time".
Ranked 115th in the world and wildcard for this event, Blake was obviously disappointed on his loss.
"There were a lot of points that could've turned things around," Blake said. "It's getting to be a broken record. I'm losing a couple matches where I'm playing well, but not playing the big points as well as I need to. ... Right now, I'm pretty frustrated with it."
Roddick will next face winner of Russia's Denis Istomin and Belgian Steve Darcis for a place in the Quarter finals.