Andy Roddick  playing his 200th tournament at the main level, suffered an early exit being ousted in straight sets (3-6, 3-6) by Gilles Simon , who finished the match with forehand passing-shot and high backhand volley. It is fourth consecutive defeat for Roddick – he hasn’t got such a bad streak since 2002! # “He moves very well, which you don’t want to see when you are short of matches like I was today, when you are not getting clean hits,” said Roddick.
In the most dramatic first round encounter, Sergiy Stakhovsky  saved a triple match point in the deciding tie-break against Victor Hanescu  winning 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(6). Stakhovsky becomes a specialist of winning deciding tie-breaks out of nowhere. During the last year’s US Open he beat Ryan Harrison despite 3:6 in the 5th set tie-break, last week prevailed against Albert Montanes, trailing 0:4 in the 3rd set tie-break.
In an unusual meeting between two lucky losers Jarkko Nieminen (replaced Gael Monfils, was seeded No. 10 – sickness) overcame in three sets Adrian Mannarino (replaced Kei Nishikori – kidney stone). Again it’s tough to expect that a local favorite will reach quarterfinals in Rome, in the first round appeared seven Italians and four of them have been already defeated. Although a nice surprise produced qualifier Paolo Lorenzi , overcoming in two sets Thomaz Bellucci, who reached semifinal in Madrid a week ago where was a set and a break up against Djokovic!