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Roddick finally advances

WIMBLEDON, England -- When the skies finally cleared at Wimbledon, Andy Roddick was raring to go. He whacked aces, hit forehand winners, and even caught a ball in his cap.

With his customary force and flair, Roddick earned a rain-delayed first-round victory yesterday, beating Yeu-Tzuoo Wang, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

In other matches, Goran Ivanisevic pulled out a five-set victory to set up a third-round showcase against former champion Lleyton Hewitt, a straight-set winner; and Roger Federer, the top-seeded defending champion, beat Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0, in 54 minutes -- one of the fastest men's matches in recent Grand Slam history -- to sweep into the third round.

Ivanisevic, who missed Wimbledon the last two years with injuries and is retiring after these championships, was his usual animated self as he came up with the big shots at the right time to outlast Italy's Filippo Volandri, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Hewitt, who won the 2002 championship after he was unable to defend his title because of an injury, defeated Georgia's Irakli Labadze, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

Roddick's niftiest maneuver came after he won the opening game of the final set. A frustrated Wang slammed the ball into the grass, and when it skipped over the net, Roddick took off his cap and snared it as he walked to the changeover chair. Also advancing was third-seeded Guillermo Coria, who completed a match that stretched over four days. The French Open runner-up needed just 2 points and two minutes to finish off a 6-4, 6-7 (6-3), 6-3, 6-7 (6-3), 6-3 win over 106th-ranked Wesley Moodie of South Africa.

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