Americans go the distance on Day 1

Updated: January 17, 2011, 8:40 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- For a while, it looked as though Andy Roddick's supporting cast at the Australian Open was going to disappear.

Sam Querrey continued to struggle in Melbourne, blowing a lead against a Pole known better for his doubles play. Ryan Harrison, filled with substantial potential, lost a winnable encounter to an unheralded Frenchman. Mardy Fish, looking to back up a breakthrough 2010, trailed a steady, unspectacular Romanian.

Then Fish turned ...

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