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Andy Roddick suffers another early upset at French Open

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All you need to know about the state of Andy Roddick's game can be summed up by this: He lost a first-round match at the French Open on Sunday to a 30-year-old, 89th-ranked journeyman with a career 1-9 record at the tournament and it barely registered as a surprise.

The 29-year-old American was defeated on the first day of play in Paris by Nicolas Mahut, of Wimbledon marathon fame, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. It was his first opening-round loss at a major in five years.

Roddick never looked comfortable on Court Suzanne Lenglen against the crafty Frenchman. His footwork was sloppy, leading to uncharacteristic weakness on serve. Mahut had seven break-point opportunities in the match and converted all seven.

"You can't fake it out here," he told reporters. "I move horrendously out here. My first step is just so bad on this stuff. I feel like I'm always shuffling or hopping or not stopping or something."

An early departure from Roland Garros is nothing new for Roddick. He's made it out of the second round just three times in his career and never went deeper than the fourth. Even when he was in his prime, that power game didn't translate well to the slower clay in Paris. Now he doesn't even have much of a power game.

[Related: Mahut sends Roddick packing]

Mahut was the infamous loser of the record-setting 70-68 Wimbledon match against John Isner in 2010. He had only won one French Open match in his career and has an 11-27 career record at Slams.

"I lost a match to a guy who played better than I did," Roddick said. "I played. I'm fine. I lost."

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