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Andy Roddick Beats Rhyne Williams In U.S. Open Round 1 Match

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Andy Roddick serves to Rhyne Williams in the first round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in New York.
Andy Roddick serves to Rhyne Williams in the first round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in New York.

NEW YORK — Andy Roddick served 20 aces Tuesday to defeat 21-year-old American qualifier Rhyne Williams 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Roddick, seeded 20th, won the last 16 points on his serve and finished the match with a 127-mph ace.

It was a tough way to make a Grand Slam debut for Williams, the NCAA runner-up in 2011, who won three matches in qualifying, then learned he had a first-round matchup with the 2003 champion in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams, ranked 289th coming into the week, put in a respectable performance, but dropped a break in each set. He'll still earn $23,000 as a first-round loser in the year's final Grand Slam.

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