The top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-3, 6-2 late on Wednesday at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, the American's first match since losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer.
Roddick took the extended break to recover from a hip injury sustained in the 5 July match. He said earlier in the week he had recovered. The long layoff showed in several shots hit long or wide, but he remained in control of the match throughout. He never faced a break point, and had eight aces – including the match winner – with no double-faults.
Juan Carlos Ferrero beat fellow Spaniard, seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-2, and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt beat the No 15 seed Dudi Sela 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.