Andy Roddick gets parental approval at last
LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Roddick has lost three Wimbledon finals but an innocuous second-round victory over Romanian Victor Hanescu on Wednesday was the first time he had played in front of his parents at the All England Club.
The American number eight seed booked his place in the third round with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 6-4 workout in the early evening gloom on Center Court.
"Yeah, this is the first time they've seen me play here," Roddick told reporters after wrapping up the match in just one hour and 52 minutes.
"Honestly, I didn't really believe it. I thought they were here for one of the finals. I thought they flew over and were sitting here somewhere but they wouldn't tell me.
"I think today was the first time they ever sat in a box in my entire career.
"They picked a good court to debut that on. I think they were having fun."
The American's trusty serve never looked troubled as he ratcheted up the power and fired down 15 aces on his way to a straight-sets triumph.
Hanescu, who was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct when he stormed out of his third-round match last year after spitting in the direction of the crowd, struggled to get a foothold in the match and provided little resistance.
Roddick now faces an awkward third-round clash against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez who beat Rainer Schuettler in four sets on Wednesday.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)
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