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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Safin Struggles for Win at Queens

LONDON — Top-seeded Marat Safin recovered from a shaky start at Queen's Club on Tuesday to beat German Jens Knippschild 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in their second-round match.

U.S. Open titlist Safin struggled in his first match on grass this season, dropping his serve twice to trail 4-0, before losing the first set.

The Russian is still struggling to find top form after a back injury suffered in Dubai in March interrupted his season. He is also not entirely comfortable on grass, having played just three matches at Wimbledon in the past three years.

Reluctant at first to come to the net, he eventually found the confidence to do so and swept the final four games.

"Of course, it's very difficult when you didn't play on grass for one year," Safin said. "It's very difficult to start again and it takes some time.

Andy Roddick's preparation for his first Wimbledon lasted just one match when the 11th-seeded American tumbled 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to another 18-year-old newcomer, Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

After the opening set went with serve, the Russian opened up a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker and, despite a Roddick fightback to level, won it 7-5.

Hitting winners from the back court, Youzhny then took the final three games of the match to clinch victory in 1 hour 10 minutes and reach the second round.

In first round matches, an uninspired Goran Ivanisevic, three-time losing finalist at Wimbledon, lost to Italian qualifier Cristiano Caratti 6-3, 6-4, Slovakia's Karol Kucera beat Noam Okun of Israel 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (9-7) and Belgian Olivier Rochus beat Russian Andrei Stoliarov 6-2, 7-5.

Pete Sampras, tuning up for his defense of the Wimbledon title and seeded two here, received a bye in the first round and makes his first appearance on Wednesday when he meets Rochus.

Wimbledon semifinalist two years ago, Alexandra Stevenson warmed up for the grass court championship by defeating French Open quarterfinalist Lina Krasnoroutskaya of Russia 6-4, 7-5 in the Edgbaston Open on Tuesday.

Stevenson came from a break down to out-hit Krasnoroutskaya in the second set. She will meet 15th seeded Anne-Gaelle Sidot in the second round after the Frenchwoman beat Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie of Romania, 6-3, 6-4.

Top seed Nathalie Tauziat of France breezed into the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Slovakia's Ludmila Cervanova, despite being given a code violation for audible obscenity after dropping her serve in the third game of the second set.

Defending champion Lisa Raymond of the United States also advanced to the third round after a 6-3, 6-3 win over Italy's Rita Grande.