Roddick too strong for Baker

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Andy Roddick snuffed out Jamie Baker's Wimbledon dreams as the American finished off the plucky Scot in three sets.

Resuming a set and a break up after a rain delay from yesterday, Roddick clinched the second set of this first-round match with ease before edging a nervy third to run out a 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 7-5 winner.

Despite losing in straight sets, Baker, who was diagnosed with a deadly blood disorder four years ago, will take heart from his performance.

The 25-year-old was Roddick's equal for much of the encounter, trading powerful blows with the three-time champion to earn five break points that he could not ultimately convert.

Baker, ranked 161 places below Roddick, started off confidently when the players returned to Court One this evening, but he could not prevent the American moving 2-0 ahead, the 30-year-old clinching the set with a fine ace.

Baker double-faulted but still managed to hold his serve at the start of the deciding set and the Glaswegian then engineered a break point in the fourth game.

He was unable to convert it, though, clearing the baseline after a powerful serve from Roddick.

The British number three had another two break points in Roddick's following service game but his opponent upped his game and used all his experience to see off the threat to leave the set at 3-3.

Roddick moved in for the kill in the ninth game but Baker dug deep and survived three break points, much to the delight of the partisan crowd.

Baker offered Roddick a break point in the 11th game after going long with a forehand and the Scot collapsed under pressure, failing with a cheeky drop shot after a long rally.

Serving for the match, Roddick showed his class by holding to love to set up a second-round clash with 19th seed Kei Nishikori.