Roddick completes first-round win

March 3, 2004 at 7:56 PM
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 3 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick needed less than a minute Wednesday to win the last two points and complete a controversial win at the Franklin Templeton Classic.

Roddick defeated John van Lottum in a rain-suspended, first-round match, 6-3, 7-5.

"It was a pretty weird dynamic and I've never been in anything like that," Roddick said.

Roddick was two points from overcoming a temper tantrum following a questionable line call before two second-set rain delays totaling 91 minutes suspended play Tuesday night, leaving the reigning U.S. Open Champion with a 6-3, 6-5 lead.

The two took center court Wednesday and had an abbreviated 10-minute warm-up under sunny skies. When play resumed, van Lottum netted a drop volley and pushed a cross backhand in the same spot in a 35-second span.

While Roddick was completing his first-round match, fellow Americans Robby Ginepri and Vince Spadea moved into the quarterfinals.

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