Roddick in denial over China Open exit

Round 1 defeat to SA's Anderson in China Open unacceptable, admits Roddick

The 2008 winner Andy Roddick was sent packing in his opening match at the ATP-WTA China Open yesterday by South African Kevin Anderson, joining the eighth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in making an early exit.

Andy's gone! Andy Roddick returns to Kevin Anderson in the China
Open yesterday. Pic/AFP

There was also the high-profile withdrawal of Gael Monfils with a knee injury, the ATP confirmed, saying he will also miss next week's Shanghai Masters.

Roddick, the sixth seed in the Chinese capital, was comprehensively beaten 4-6, 5-7 by Anderson, who blasted down his eighth ace for match point and triumphed on his second winning opportunity.

 "I had a lot of break points in the first set and I broke twice in the second. Most times I feel like if I break him twice in a set I'm fine.

"Tonight I wasn't and that's unacceptable," said a disappointed Roddick.

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