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Roddick Wins Match at Raiffeisen GP

May 19, 2003

ST. POELTEN, Austria (AP) _ Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Alberto Martin of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (5) Monday in the first round of the Raiffeisen Grand Prix.

The 20-year-old American overpowered Martin with his serve and forehand. He next faces German qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Austrian Juergen Melzer 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.

The world’s sixth-ranked player said this event is perfect preparation for the French Open, which starts May 26.

``I am already playing good tennis. Now I have to cross the line and start winning, too. If I can win here it will give me a huge boost in self-confidence for Paris,″ Roddick said.

There were several upsets in the opening round. Fourth-seeded American Taylor Dent lost to Croatia’s Mario Ancic 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, fifth-seeded American Jan Michael Gamill was beaten 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 by Richard Krajicek of Holland and seventh-seeded Karol Kucera lost to Martin Verkerk of Holland 6-2, 6-1.

In other matches, Flavio Saretta beat Andre Sa, 6-2, 6-2 and South Korea’s Lee Hyung-taik beat American Hugo Armando 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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