Roddick survives tumble to beat De Bekker in Melbourne

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Seventh seed Andy Roddick survived a nasty early fall to advance to the second round of the Australian Open Monday.

The American played well within himself and comfortably beat Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands 6-1 6-4 6-4 after a 45-minute rain delay forced them off court in Hisense Arena.

The pair was forced off at 2-2 in the second set because of rain falling through the open roof.

Officials closed the roof while about 20 tournament staff and ball-kids dried the court with towels.

Roddick tripped over a line judge's foot during a rally in the first set and admonished the official to "move out of the way when you see a player coming" but did not appear to be suffering from an injury after the tumble.

Australian Open men's singles first round results on Monday (prefix denotes seeding):

7-Andy Roddick (U.S.) beat Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands) 6-1 6-4 6-4

Florian Mayer (Germany) beat Philipp Petzschner (Germany) 0-6 2-6 6-4 6-2 6-2

11-Fernando Gonzalez (Chile) beat Olivier Rochus (Belgium) 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-1

24-Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia) beat Jason Kubler (Australia) 6-1 6-2 6-2

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