Roddick, Hingis, Kuznetsova advance to the third round

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Andy Roddick prepares to serve to Jose Acasuso. He was leading when Acasuso quit after the third set with a bad knee.

NEW YORK - Andy Roddick tossed his racket, lost an instant-replay challenge, and complained about a fan.

Hardly a way to start his 25th birthday in the U.S. Open.

Frustrated in the first set yesterday, Roddick wound up advancing when Jose Acasuso of Argentina quit because of a bad left knee while trailing, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Roddick joined fellow former Open champions Martina Hingis and Svetlana Kuznetsova in reaching the third round.

Defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia overwhelmed 90th-ranked Casey Dellacqua of Australia, 6-1, 6-0, in a mere 51 minutes.

Sixth-seeded James Blake ended his 0-for-9 drought in matches that go the distance, outlasting Fabrice Santoro of France, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, in the second round to win a 3-hour, 25-minute struggle that began last night and ended after midnight.

Nicole Vaidisova had the loudest shot of the day session. The 13th-seeded Czech severely bent her racket when she slammed it into a chair during a change-over, then came back to sweep a tiebreaker and beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 6-2, 7-6 (0).

Roddick was perturbed early when a fan shouted "Come in!" at him during a long rally. The big hitter lost the point and immediately conferred with the chair umpire, who made an announcement asking the crowd to be quiet during play.

Beaten in the opening set, Roddick bounded out early for the next one. He was standing on court, ready to serve, a full minute before Acasuso came out. After the third set, Acasuso called for a trainer. A moment later, he retired.

Hingis broke away to move on. After she and 106th-ranked Pauline Parmentier of France traded six straight service breaks, the 1997 Open champion closed out the match, 6-2, 7-5.

The fourth-seeded Kuznetsova didn't dally in beating Camille Pin of France, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. The former Open champion seemed especially determined after missing an easy forehand that lost the second set.

Trying to finish off each rally in a hurry, Kuznetsova took every opportunity to rush the net - she approached more than she could ever remember. She smacked 46 winners in all, enough to overcome 34 unforced errors.

Donald Young also made it to the third round, and he didn't have to pick up his racket. The 18-year-old Wimbledon junior champ won in a walkover when No. 13 Richard Gasquet of France withdrew because of a fever and a sore throat.

Out of the tournament, at least on the singles side, was Bethanie Mattek. Known for her outlandish outfits, she didn't disappoint. Wearing a low-cut silver top and headdress to match, she lost to No. 18 Shahar Peer of Israel, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 9 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Simone Bolelli of Italy, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, and No. 19 Andy Murray of Britain stopped Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

In the women's bracket, No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia beat Nicole Pratt of Australia, 6-3, 6-4, No. 7 Nadia Petrova beat Anastasia Rodionova, 7-5, 6-1, in a Russian matchup, No. 11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland stopped Severine Bremond of France, 6-3, 6-0, and No. 26 Sania Mirza of India defeated Laura Granville, 6-3, 7-5.

Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus defeated top-seeded Lisa Raymond of Wayne and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 10-3 (tiebreak), in mixed doubles.