May 27 (Bloomberg) -- American Andy Roddick advanced to the third round of the French Open, where Gael Monfils of France was knocked out in a five-set loss.
Rain in Paris interrupted the tennis for the second day in a row and forced the postponement of at least 41 matches including those involving four-time champion Rafael Nadal and No. 1 women’s seed Serena Williams.
Roddick, the sixth seed, beat Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. His match had started almost four hours late because of rain and was halted twice due to the wet conditions.
“It was brutal for me out there,” Roddick said in a news conference. “I couldn’t get my serve to go anywhere and the ball was just sitting up.”
Monfils, the 13th seed and second-highest ranked French player in the world behind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, won the first two sets against Italy’s Fabio Fognini before losing the final three, including 9-7 in the fifth set. The match was suspended by darkness yesterday with the fifth set tied 5-5.
Britain’s Andy Murray, seeded fourth, beat Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in four sets in a match that also started yesterday.
Nadal was scheduled to face Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos in the second round, while Williams was to play Germany’s Julia Goerges. They had been scheduled as the final matches of the day on the two main show courts. The match between No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Japan’s Kei Nishikori was also among those pushed back.
Jelena Jankovic, the women’s fourth seed from Serbia, won in three sets against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, while fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia was a straight-set winner over Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Justine Henin’s match against Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic was suspended at 9:09 p.m. local time because of darkness with the four-time champion from Belgium leading 6-3, 3-2. Another former No. 1-ranked player and Grand Slam champion, Maria Sharapova of Russia, was leading Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, 6-3, 2-2 when play was halted for the day.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, seeded eighth, was beaten by Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3. Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, the 21st seed, also lost in straight sets to Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova.
China’s Li Na, the 11th seed, beat France’s Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak upset 32nd-seeded Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine, 6-4, 6-1. Australia’s Jarmila Groth defeated the oldest player in the tournament, 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan, 6-0, 6-3.
Alisa Kleybanova, the 28th seed, defeated 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, who was No. 1 in the world two years ago. The 20-year-old Russian won 6-3, 6-0 over Ivanovic, who is now ranked 42nd by the women’s tennis tour.