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A-ROD LATE SHOW AFTER VENUS TRIAL.

ANDY RODDICK showed no ill-effects from a late start at Flushing Meadows or his Wimbledon final loss to Roger Federer as he blasted his way into the US Open second round in the early hours of this morning.

Fifth seed Roddick, who took world number one Federer to a 30th game in the fifth set on grass in an epic Wimbledon final in July, took considerably less time to shake off Germany's Bjorn Phau as he powered to a 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory.

The match did not start until gone 11pm local time on Monday night as the players were held up by Venus Williams' long match against Vera Dushevina at the Arthur Ashe Stadium court and it finished at 12:45am but that did not bother Roddick, who served magnificently.

"This feels real great," Roddick said during an on court, post-match interview, "the later the better."

Ladies' third seed Venus Williams, however, survived a major scare as she came from a set down to beat Vera Dushevina.

Having seen younger sister and defending champion Serena Williams cruise into the second round with a 6-4 6-1 win over fellow American Alexa Glatch earlier in the day, the fans inside Arthur Ashe Stadium were expecting an equally dominant performance from Venus against a Russian ranked 44 places below her.

It was far from convincing from the American two-time champion, though, who scraped through 6-7 7-5 6-3. Williams needed lengthy treatment on her left knee after just three games and was plagued throughout by seven foot faults.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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