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Roddick, Ferrer win second-rounders at Big W

Three-time runner-up Andy Roddick and seventh seed David Ferrer were a pair of second-round victors Thursday at The Championships, Wimbledon.

The 30th-seeded Roddick got past speedy German Bjorn Phau 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 on Court 2.

The former world No. 1 and former U.S. Open champion Roddick lost to the great Roger Federer in a trio of finals at the venerable All England Lawn tennis Club.

Ferrer handled France's Kenny De Schepper 7-6 (7-1), 6-2, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Belgian Xavier Malisse doused 13th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and 16th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic dismissed Poland's Lukasz Kubot 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-1. Simon, a member of the ATP Player Council, drew some attention here on Wednesday when he said that women should not earn the same prize money as the men at Grand Slam events.

In other action involving seeds, No. 17 Spaniard Fernando Verdasco held off Slovenian Grega Zemlja 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, No. 19 Japanese Kei Nishikori beat Frenchman Florent Serra 6-3, 7-5, 6-2, and No. 28 Czech Radek Stepanek erased German Benjamin Becker 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Additionally, American comeback kid Brian Baker whipped Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-0, 6-2, 6-4, while Belgian David Goffin overcame American Jesse Levine 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3, and Colombian Alejandro Falla outlasted Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5.