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Roddick's serve too much for Nadal

NEW YORK -- Defending champion Andy Roddick, overcoming the third-set distraction of his diatribe directed at the
chair umpire, beat 18-year-old Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday
to get to the third round of the U.S. Open.

Roddick tied his Open record with a 152 mph serve that made
Nadal whiff and, after losing the opening two points, won 23 of 27
to seize control. One of Roddick's big serves caught Nadal in the
lip, and another left the teen tumbling. Roddick hit the deck once,
too, scraping skin off his hand as he slipped while charging the
net.

His biggest problem was staying focused. Roddick noticed pal
Rulon Gardner, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist wrestler, in the
stands. And he expended some energy yelling at chair umpire Andreas
Egli for calling a let when a ball dribbled out of Roddick's pocket
during a point in the third set.

Roddick got broken once in that set, then won the last four
games.

"I played really well for the first two sets; kind of had a
concentration lapse in the third," Roddick said. "But I was able
to come through in the end."

Juan Carlos Ferrero's difficult year became more
disappointing when the 2003 Open runner-up lost to
Stefan Koubek in five sets in the second round.

It was a testy match, with Ferrero warned after hitting a ball
out of the stadium and then penalized a point for yelling at an
official. Ferrero did not shake hands with the chair umpire when he
left the court after he was defeated 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-7 (6), 6-2,
6-3.

Ferrero briefly was No. 1 in 2003, and lost to Andy Roddick in
last year's Open final. But the former French Open champion was
slowed by chickenpox and bruised ribs this season, dropping him to
a No. 7 seeding, and felt pain in his right leg this time.

"It's frustrating. Of course, I'm not so happy this year,'' the
Spaniard said. "This year will finish soon, and I want to forget
this year."

Tommy Haas reasserted himself, beating No. 12 Sebastien Grosjean 6-4,
6-4, 1-6, 6-1. Haas was absent from the U.S. Open last year,
missing the entire season after having two operations on his right
shoulder.

The last time Haas played at this tournament, in 2002, he was
told to change his cutoff muscle shirt -- it's now standard attire
for a lot of players, though Haas did not wear one against
Grosjean.

No. 8 David Nalbandian was a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 loser against
Mikhail Youzhny.

Fourth-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 Open champion and the 2002
Wimbledon winner, defeated Hicham Arazi 7-6 (7), 6-1, 6-2.

A day after joining the parade of Olympic tennis stars on their
way out of the Open, double gold medalist Nicolas Massu was fined
$1,000 for equipment abuse.

Massu lost to Sargis Sargsian 6-7 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4
Thursday. At 5 hours, 9 minutes, it was the second-longest match by
time in Open history -- Stefan Edberg beat Michael Chang in a 1992
semifinal that lasted 17 minutes more.

Massu cracked his racket on a fence and slammed it to the court
a few times. Chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned Massu in the first
set, penalized him a point in the second set, and made the Chilean
forfeit the opening game of the fifth set for his final tantrum.

The other three men's semifinalists in Athens also have lost:
silver medalist Mardy Fish, bronze medalist Fernando Gonzalez and
Taylor Dent.