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First round in Rome

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by Voo De Mar

Photo: Andy Roddick serves against Gilles Simon (Daylife) Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played yesterday third 'Masters 1000' final against each other in Madrid whilst in Rome started the fifth tournament of the prestigious series.

There's different calendar this season, last year two big tournaments in Rome and Madrid were separated by one week, and the Internazionali BNL D'Italia was the first one. The draw this year is similar to that in Madrid last week, another Nadal-Djokovic final is very probable.

Andy Roddick playing his 200th tournament at the main level, suffered an early exit being ousted in straight sets by Gilles Simon, who finished the match with forehand passing-shot and high backhand volley.

It is fourth consecutive defeat for Roddick - he hasn't got such a bad streak since 2002! "He moves very well, which you don’t want to see when you are short of matches like I was today, when you are not getting clean hits," said Roddick.

In the most dramatic encounter on Monday, Sergiy Stakhovsky saved a triple match point in the deciding tie-break against Victor Hanescu. Stakhovsky becomes a specialist of winning deciding tie-breaks out of nowhere.

During the last year's US Open he beat Ryan Harrison despite 3:6 in the 5th set tie-break, last week prevailed against Albert Montanes, trailing 0:4 in the 3rd set tie-break. In an unusual meeting between two lucky losers Jarkko Nieminen (replaced Gael Monfils, wjo was seeded No.

10 - sickness) overcame in three sets Adrian Mannarino (replaced Kei Nishikori - kidney stone). First round results Sunday: Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. (13)Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-4 6-2 (16)Richard Gasquet (FRA) d.

Albert Montanes (ESP) 6-2 6-3 Juan Monaco (ARG) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1 4-6 6-2 Florian Mayer (GER) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-4 6-3 Xavier Malisse (BEL) d. Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) 7-5 6-2 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d.

Milos Raonic (CAN) 6-4 6-4 (WC)Filippo Volandri (ITA) d. Thiemo De Bakker (NED) 6-1 6-2 Monday: (11)Mardy Fish (USA) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 4-6 6-2 6-2 (q)Igor Andreev (RUS) d. (q)Pere Riba (ESP) 6-4 7-5 Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d.

(q)Victor Hanescu (ROU) 6-3 1-6 7-6(6) - 3 mp Gilles Simon (FRA) d. (12)Andy Roddick (USA) 6-3 6-3 (15)Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 6-4 7-5 Potito Starace (ITA) d. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3 6-3 (q)Lukasz Kubot (POL) d.

(q)Pablo Cuevas (URU) 7-6(1) 2-6 6-2 (LL)Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. (6)Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-5 2-6 6-3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-3 6-2 .

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