Roddick sent packing by Mahut

2012-05-27 19:14

Paris - Andy Roddick refused to offer any excuses after being sent packing in the first round of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-3 4-6, 6-2 defeat against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut on Sunday.

The 26th-seeded Roddick, who has never gone past the third round of the Paris Grand Slam in 10 attempts, could not even blame his exit on being outfoxed by a clay-court specialist.

"It's not his favourite surface either," Roddick admitted during a news conference.

Instead he went down to the man who will long be remembered for his record 11-hour five-minute tussle with American John Isner on the green grass of Wimbledon in 2010.

Mahut fired 13 aces past former world No 1 Roddick to secure his place in the second round.

On Sunday, he spent only two hours and 22 minutes on Court Suzanne Lenglen, ending Roddick's cameo appearance with a backhand winner down the line.

The American, who had not played for two months between the Miami Masters and last week's World Team Championship in Dusseldorf because of a hip injury, refused to wallow in self pity.

"I'm not going to talk about this tonight, guys. I lost a match to a guy who played better than I did. We can ask it in as many different ways as we want," said the American.

"I'm going to not discuss it. I made a choice. I played. I'm fine. I lost.

"I move just horrendously out here. My first step is just so bad on this stuff. I feel like I'm always shuffling or hopping or not stopping or something. So my footwork on this stuff now is just really bad."

Latest results from the first day of the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros on Sunday (x denotes seeded player):


First round

Nicolas Devilder (FRA) bt Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 6-2, 6-2, 6-0
Michael Berrer (GER) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT x30) 6-7 (5/7), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Igor Sijsling (NED) 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 8-6
Fernando Verdasco (ESP x14) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)
Pablo Andjar (ESP) bt Victor Hanescu (ROM) 6-1, 2-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
Stanislas Wawrinka (SWI x18) bt Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-2
Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-0, 7-5, 6-1
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) bt Joao Souza (BRA) 6-3, 2-0 - retired
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x5) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) bt Andy Roddick (USA x26) 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x9) bt Albert Montas (ESP) 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-1
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) bt Jonathan Dasnires de Veigy (FRA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
Marin Cilic (CRO x21) bt Daniel Muoz (ESP) 6-4, 6-4, 7-5


First round

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) bt Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 7-5, 6-2
Lucie Safarova (CZE x20) bt Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 6-2, 6-0
Mara Jos Martnez (ESP) bt Eva Birnerov (CZE) 4-6, 6-4, 8-6
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) bt Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 5-7, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4
Irina Falconi (USA) bt Edina Gallovits (ROM) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Samantha Stosur (AUS x6) bt Elena Baltacha (GBR) 6-4, 6-0
Venus Williams (USA) bt Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x26) bt Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 6-1, 6-3
Sara Errani (ITA x21) bt Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Melanie Oudin (USA) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-3, 6-3
Shahar Peer (ISR) bt Stphanie Dubois (CAN) 6-2, 6-2
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x13) bt Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-1, 6-1
Angelique Kerber (GER x10) bt Shuai Zhang (CHN) 6-3, 6-4
Irena Pavlovic (FRA) bt Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 6-4, 7-5