Andy Roddick’s AEGON International campaign got off to an easy start after his opponent Sam Querrey withdrew after just seven games.
The American duo were only on Centre Court for 24 minutes before Querrey retired with a back injury, gifting Roddick the win and a place in the second round.
The match had potential to be an exciting contest with only a margin of 30 between the pair’s rankings and with the lower-ranked Querrey enjoying the better form.
Heading into the tournament, both men had competed at the Queen’s Club Championships, with Roddick being dumped out in the first round while Querrey reached the semi-finals.
World number 33 Roddick entered into this tournament as a wildcard following his early exit from the AEGON Championships to French outsider Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
On the other hand, world number 63 Querrey was given special exempt into the Eastbourne tournament after he had recorded victories over Julien Benneteau, Denis Istomin and Ivan Dodig on his way to the final four in London before defeat to eventual champion, Marin Cilic.
However, it was those successes that could have hindered his chances at Devonshire Park after being forced to hand the match to Roddick due to an injury.
The score stood at 5-2 in favour of 2003 US Open champ Roddick but it didn’t count as he walked through to the next round and a meeting with Jeremy Chardy.
Chardy played 38 games in comparison to Roddick’s seven as he progressed past qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round.
Speaking after his match, Roddick said ‘I didn’t know he (Querrey) was dealing with something out there. Regardless of what he had going on, I hit the ball really well.
“Last couple of days it’s been really good in practice. I don’t know why or how or what the process has been, but it’s felt pretty good. So, you know, we’ll take it.”