LONDON: Andy Roddick took an unsteady step towards a fourth consecutive title at Queen's Club on Wednesday as he overcame inspired Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Roddick's first match of the season on grass was marked by early struggle as the World No. 127 Dancevic, playing his fifth match on the surface since last weekend, broke twice to claim the opening set.

It took all of third seed Roddick's pool of experience to finally put things right, emerging with a narrow win into the third round after missing nine break point chances in the one-hour, 25-minute contest.

Sania in last eight

In the DFS Classic at Birmingham, Sania Mirza defeated Shenay Perry of the United States 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals here on Wednesday.

After scraping through the first set, the Hyderabad girl lost the second in a close tie-breaker. However, she found her rhythm in the final set to win the set 6-3.

Good fight

Meanwhile at Halle, Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna threatened to snatch a set from World No. 1 and defending champion Roger Federer but went down 6-7(4), 2-6 after a gutsy fight in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open.

Bopanna, who reached the main draw through qualifying round, held on to his serve and matched the top seed Swiss point by point in the first set only to lose in tie-breaker.

But, Federer, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final on Sunday, proved too strong in the second set and gave the World No. 267 Indian just two games in the set and wrapped up the match.

Paes-Damm pair ousted

In the doubles event, third seeded pair of Leander Paes and Martin Damm crashed out losing 6-7(7), 6-4, 8-10 to the unheralded South African-Czech duo of Chris Haggard and Jiri Novak in the first round.

Important results: At Birmingham (WTA DFS Classic): Second round: Ai Sugiyama bt Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2, 6-3; Jelena Jankovic bt Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-1; Sania Mirza bt Shenay Perry 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-3.At London (Stella Artois championship): Second round: Andy Roddick bt Frank Dancevic 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; Paradorn Srichaphan bt Yeu-Tzuoo Lu 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; Ivan Ljubicic bt Razvan Sabau 7-6(6), 6-2.

At Halle (Gerry Weber Open): Singles: First round: Roger Federer bt Rohan Bopanna 7-6 (4), 6-2; Florian Mayer bt Bjorn Phau 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(8); Tomas Berdych bt Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-3; Thomas Haas bt Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-5. Agencies

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