NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Roddick is back in the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2008.
The 2003 champion beat 81st-ranked Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Sunday. The 21st-seeded American didn’t have his serve broken and faced only three break points.
Roddick lost in the second round at Flushing Meadows last year and the third round in 2009.
Benneteau, who got in on a wild card, had to retire in the second round of the 2010 Open with a left wrist injury and missed the rest of the season. The Frenchman upset 10th-seeded Nicolas Almagro in the first round this year.
Roddick next faces fifth-seeded David Ferrer. He had just 16 unforced errors to Benneteau’s 36.