Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick crashed out of the French Open in the opening round yesterday as he fell four sets to Nicolas Mahut.

The former world number one has struggled for form and fitness all year and had missed the majority of the clay court season coming into Roland Garros.

Roddick seemed to be struggling with his movement throughout the match and he soon fell two sets behind.

But the American dug deep in the third set to give himself a fighting chance as he took it 4-6 to at least get a foothold in the match.

But Mahut, who will forever be remembered for the mammoth match with John Isner at Wimbledon in 2010, hit back in the fourth set to seal a 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-2 and move into the second round.

But talking about the match after Roddick refused to blame injury issues as the reason for his defeat.

Speaking to the Press Association Roddick said: "I'm fine (but) I wasn't playing really well. I moved just horrendously out there.

"My first step is just so bad on this stuff (the clay). I feel like I'm always shuffling or hopping or not stopping or something."

"I feel like I get exposed too easily. I feel like I'm not set on most shots. If you're not set, it's tough to get much of a flow going. When you don't have much of a flow going, it lends itself to sporadic play. It all adds up."

Roddick have never got past the third round at Roland Garros in the ten visits but he uses as a warm up to the grass court swing where he still can be a major threat.

Mahut will now face Martin Klizan in the second round after his opponent Frank Dancevic retired 0-4 down in the opening set of their match.

And there the potential of a third round clash between Mahut and world number three Roger Federer.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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