10 Jun 2009

Roddick enjoys his return to grass

12:05 pm on 10 June 2009

The American tennis player Andy Roddick has begun his challenge for a record fifth Queen's Club title with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 second round victory over Kristof Vliegen of Belgium at the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event.

Roddick has always been at home on the grass courts of west London and the second seed was quickly back in the old routine.

The American, ranked sixth in the world, suffered only his third defeat in eight visits to Queen's when he was beaten at the semi-final stage by Rafael Nadal last year.

But he has been playing with renewed verve since acting on new coach Larry Stefanki's advice to lose weight earlier this year.

Meanwhile Briton Andy Murray begins his campaign at the pre-Wimbledon event tonight.

The world number three, the top seed at the Queen's Club, faces Italy's Andreas Seppi, and he says he's feeling positive about his chances of picking up a first grass court title.