Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick says that his game needs to improve if he wants to go deep into the U.S. Open after his first round win over compatriot Michael Russell.

The former champion needed four sets last night under the lights of the Arthur Ashe stadium to finally book his place in the second round.

It has been a troubled summer for Roddick and he appeared to just lack matches but he dug deep to pull out the win.

He looked in total control in the opening stages of the match as his booming serve and forehand saw him take the opening two sets.

But he was unable to close out a straight sets victory as Russell battled back in the third to keep his hopes alive.

But Roddick dug deep to edge the fourth and wrap up a 6-2 6-4 4-6 7-5 victory.

Speaking to ESPN after the match Roddick said: "It was okay. I’m still trying to find myself. I’m certainly still short on match play this year. I’ll keep fighting because it’s what I do. I don’t care if it’s ugly; I’ll try to get through.

"I’m not going to pretend that I am in championship form right now [but] people have worked their way into tournaments before and I’ll get that opportunity.

"I don’t have to win the tournament tomorrow, I just have to win my next match."

He will now face American Jack Sock in the second round.

It was a good day for the Americans as John Isner also made it through but was made to fight against Marcos Baghdatis.

But Isner is riding a wave of confidence after winning in Winston Salem and he toughed it out 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (13/11) 2-6 6-4.

And he is set to face compatriot Robby Ginepri, who has battled back from injury, as he saw off Joao Souza.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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