Aus Open: Roddick sees of inspired Kunitsyn

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Melbourne, Jan 19: Andy Roddick it seems has a love affair with the Australian Open or else how do you explain his victory in the second round to move into the third round for the ninth consecutive year. He beat Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 7-6 6-2 6-3 to cruise into the third round of the years first grand slam.

Kunitsyn, ranked World No.99 showed no signs of being intimidated by either the opposition or the grandeur of the occasion. He played some real good tennis and gave the seasoned pro Roddick a hard run for his money. But for all his exuberance, he lacked the experience of Roddick who took the tiebreak 9-7 and thus sealed off another memorable victory at the Rod laver arena.

For the Russian, fate dwindled through as the match progressed. The first set was a tight one with both the players unwilling to give an inch. He matched Roddick shot for shot but the same intensity seemed to be lacking in the second set when Roddick grabbed an early break in the second. It appeared as if Kunitsyn was disheartened by the loss of the first set. Roddick broke once more to set seal the set 6-2.

As if being suddenly made aware of a possible defeat, Kunitsyn staved off Roddick's attempt to the make the third set a lop-sided affair. He played impressively to make Roddick wait till the eigth game to get a break point. And then there was no stopping for Roddick who pocketed the set 6-3 to seal the match.

Roddick will now take on Robin Haase in the third round.

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