Former top-ranked American men’s tennis star Andy Roddick flashes a familiar pose — the one where he asks his coach out loud during a match why he can’t beat the world’s top players anymore — during Tuesday’s shellacking he received from Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Olympics. Djokovic won, 6-2, 6-1.
WIMBLEDON, England — Novak Djokovic outclassed Andy Roddick in the second round of the Olympics at Wimbledon Tuesday, beating him, 6-2, 6-1, under the Centre Court roof.
The drubbing was a dismal result for Roddick, whose declining fortunes in recent months have left him fending off questions about retirement.
Djokovic closed out the victory with consecutive aces. Roddick then quickly left the court where he lost three Wimbledon finals, and was noncommittal about the possibility he won’t be back.
“It’s not close to my mind right now,” the 29-year-old Roddick said. “That’s not something that I’m going to talk about.”
While Roddick was done in only 54 minutes, No. 5-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France advanced by winning the longest set in Olympic history. He beat Milos Raonic of Canada, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23. The final set lasted three hours and 257 points.
Venus Williams swept two matches in less time. She won the first match on Centre Court in singles and teamed with sister Serena in doubles to win the day’s finale on remote Court 12 before an overflow crowd.
Venus earned a second-round victory over Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada, 6-1, 6-3. Later she and her sister advanced to the doubles quarterfinals by beating Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 6-2, 7-5.
“Every day I’m just concentrating on trying to bring my best tennis out,” Venus said. “And honestly, if there’s a time to do it, it’s now.”
Venus won her most recent singles title 2½ years ago, and she took a long layoff after being diagnosed in 2011 with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue. But at 32, she seems rejuvenated by the chance at a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis.
Venus has won five of her seven major titles at the All England Club, most recently in 2008. Her opponent in singles today will be the No. 7-seeded Kerber.
Maria Sharapova hit 10 aces under the roof and eliminated Laura Robson of Britain, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Sharapova, seeded No. 3, will next play the No. 15-seeded Lisicki, who won when they met in the fourth round at Wimbledon a month ago.
No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, playing in tights on a cool, damp evening, drubbed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, 6-2, 6-1.
British hopeful Andy Murray, seeded No. 3, advanced by beating Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-2, 6-4. Nieminen won cheers for his scrappy play, including a tumble into the first row in pursuit of a shot.
Also scrappy but more successful was three-time Olympian Lleyton Hewitt, the Wimbledon champion 10 years ago. He beat No. 13 Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 7-5.
Djokovic won seven consecutive games during one stretch against Roddick and 12 of the final 13. He finished with 14 aces, lost only 10 points in eight service games and had just six unforced errors.
In the final game Roddick hit a perfect drop shot, but Djokovic ran it down and whipped it crosscourt for a winner. The Serb stood with his arms raised, basking in the roar of the crowd while Roddick shook his head.
“That was one of the best drop shots I ever hit,” Roddick shouted to Djokovic when the cheers died down.
Djokovic smiled. Then he hit another ace.