Roddick battles through tough three-setter

Andy Roddick hits a backhand return during his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open. (Photo by Daniel Montellano)

Andy Roddick started off his bid for the 2012 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, with a tough three-set match against Lukasz Kubot from Poland.

Roddick needed 2 hours, 38 minutes to take the match, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Kubot played aggressively, attacking the net at every opportunity and serve and volleying for most of the match. Serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, Kubot looked set to pull off an upset, but Roddick started to find the range with his passing shots, stringing together several backhand passes to break back and even the set at 5-5.

“I started returning better,” Roddick said about his ability to turn the match around.

The second set progressed to a tie-break and Roddick continued his good form to take the tie-break 7-5, forcing the match into a decisive third set.

From there, Roddick took control of the match. He held on to an early lead in the third set and broke Kubot’s serve to take the set and the match 6-3.

Roddick was playing in his signature Lacoste line. You can get a similar look with the Lacoste Spring Roddick Colorblock Polo and Spring Roddick Short.

To help him speed around the court, Roddick was playing in the Babolat Propulse 3 shoes in Black/Green. His racquet was also from Babolat, the Pure Drive Roddick Plus, strung with Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour string.