Andy Roddick, John Isner advance

Updated: September 1, 2011, 12:32 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- His ranking down, his health a question mark much of the season, Andy Roddick figures nothing will come easily at the U.S. Open.

Roddick held on to avoid a first-round upset Wednesday night at the Grand Slam tournament he won in 2003, beating 96th-ranked Michael Russell 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

"Wasn't pretty," the 21st-seeded Roddick said. "I'm certainly not fooling myself by thinking that was worthy of a championship performance, by any means. But, you know, ...

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