Clutch Shot Saves Roddick in Sony Opener

Star beats qualifier on amazing return; Davenport wins too
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2008 9:17 PM CDT
Viktor Troicki, of Serbia, returns to Andy Roddick during the second-round match at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., today. Roddick won, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.    (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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(Newser) – Andy Roddick was in big trouble in the opening round of the Sony Ericsson Open today when he pulled off a show-stopping shot to turn the match, reports the Associated Press. Roddick improved to 16-3 on the year with the 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win over Viktor Troicki in Key Biscayne. The qualifier was serving 4-5 in the final game when Roddick chased down a lob and hit a spinning crosscourt winner to bring the crowd to its feet.

The sixth-seeded Roddick survived five break points in the final set on a day when other seeded players had issues. Five seeded men lost, including No. 21 Lleyton Hewitt, beaten by Jose Acasuso 6-3, 7-6 (4). On the women's side, Lindsay Davenport only lost six service points in beating Camille Pin 6-2, 6-1.