Extra work paying off for Roddick

Updated: June 28, 2012, 5:07 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Desperate times call for desperate measures. That's how Andy Roddick put it.

After losing six matches in a row, which had never happened in his pro career, Roddick did something unusual: He played a warm-up event a week before Wimbledon in an effort to end his frustrating skid.

Ten years ago was the last time that happened.

"Felt like it was needed," said Roddick, who beat Bjorn Phau in straight sets Thursday to reach the third round at the All England ...

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