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Lawn Tennis: So glad chat's over; WIMBLEDON 2007...

Byline: By Ted Tracey

ANDY RODDICK admitted Justin Gimelstob was a tough opponent on Court One yesterday - because of his non-stop patter.

The No.3 seed eventually found his focus to record a 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) victory over his old friend following a rain delay of almost two hours at the All England Club.

Gimelstob - who had missed the end of last season and the opening few months of 2007 after recovering from major back surgery - was happy to play to the crowd as he pushed his fellow American in the final two sets, one of which included an epic game of 10 deuces.

But in the end Roddick kept his cool to secure safe passage into the second round.

He said: "I've known Justin a long time. He used to play doubles with my brother in juniors.

"As Justin will, he was playing to the crowd a little bit today, doing all that stuff, even kind of talking on switchovers.

"I was trying as hard as I could because I think he is hilarious, right or wrong, with his opinions.

"I was trying to keep it together and kind of focus in. He makes that a little tough for you sometimes."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 26, 2007
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