Andy Roddick steamrollered his first US Open opponent to erase the memory of last-year’s shock first-round exit.
The American number nine seed and 2003 champion began what he hopes will be a long run with a 6-2 6-1 6-3 win over Frenchman Florent Serra.
Twelve months ago, the 2003 champion had been stunned by a straight-sets defeat at the hands of Gilles Muller, and did not win a tournament in 2006 until the Cincinnati Masters Series event just over a week ago.
With new coach Jimmy Connors watching from the players’ box at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Roddick quickly eased fears of a repeat shock by taking the first set in 26 minutes and got progressively quicker, rattling through sets two and three.
He gave Serra little chance until the Frenchman broke back on Roddick’s serve to go to 5-3 down in third.
The inevitability of defeat quickly was restored, however, as Roddick broke back to take the match in one hour, 15 minutes.