Andy Roddick made a strong start to the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris on Tuesday, when he defeated Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4 in his opening round match. The American has had a mixed season, and due to his inconsistent play failed to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.
However, he isn't too concerned about it. "The writing was on the wall midway through the year when I hadn't played much," Roddick said of the situation. "It would have taken something pretty big. So it's not something I've concerned myself with too much.
I don't really need to prove that I can make the Finals. I've done it nine times." In other action, Kei Nishikori fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-3, and Feliciano Lopez beat Micael Llodra 7-6(7). 6-3.