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Roddick advances to fourth round

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Associated Press

WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Roddick advanced to the second week at Wimbledon for the first time, winning every game he served today and beating Tommy Robredo 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4.

The No. 5-seeded Roddick, who has yet to lose a set in three matches, is seeking his first Grand Slam title.

"The first one is always the toughest to get," said Roddick, 20. "The biggest fear is the fear of the unknown -- if you haven't done it before, you don't know yet. But I'm starting to believe in myself, and I'm definitely here to try to win this tournament."

Roddick's fourth-round opponent Monday will be No. 12 Paradorn Srichaphan, who beat promising 17-year-old Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

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Two-time champion Venus Williams earned a chance to avenge her upset loss at the French Open. She beat Roland Garros semifinalist Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-2 and will next play Vera Zvonareva, who beat Williams in the fourth round at Paris.

That was Williams' earliest defeat at a Grand Slam event in two years.

Zvonareva, an 18-year-old Russian seeded 16th, advanced by beating Iroda Tulyaganova 6-3, 7-5.

On a cool, gray day, Roddick won three close sets thanks to a serve that topped out at 135 mph. He hit nine aces and 33 service winners, and he faced only one break point.

But it wasn't easy. The No. 25-seeded Robredo lost serve only twice himself, was the more aggressive player early and kept Roddick off balance with occasional drop shots.

Roddick lost in the third round in his other appearances at Wimbledon to Goran Ivanisevic and Greg Rusedski. He drew a less daunting opponent this time, and has now won all 13 sets he has played against Robredo.

Roddick lost in the third round in his other appearances at Wimbledon to Goran Ivanisevic and Greg Rusedski. He drew a less daunting opponent this time, and has now won all 13 sets he has played against Robredo.

Ivo Karlovic, the 6-foot-10 qualifier who upset defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in the opening round, hit 26 aces but lost to 6-foot-5 Max Mirnyi 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). There were two service breaks in 44 games.

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Todd Martin lost his final two service games and was beaten by Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (1), 6-1, 7-5. Martin fell to 21-14 in five-set matches.

Schuettler, seeded ninth, will next play No. 8 Sjeng Schalken, who beat lucky loser Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (3). American Justin Gimelstob lost to Swede Jonas Bjorkman 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

In women's play, No. 2 Kim Clijsters completed an easy opening week by beating Samantha Reeves 6-1, 6-2. The French Open runner-up has lost seven games in three matches.

No. 13 Ai Sugiyama beat No. 22 Nathalie Dechy 6-4, 6-4 and will next play Clijsters.

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