| 9.8°C Dublin

Roddick relief after surviving line judge clash Firms to fight in WADA's war

Andy Roddick breathed a sigh of relief after surviving a nasty fall following a collision with a line judge in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday.

The seventh seed bounced back to his feet after tripping over the line judge and tumbling to the ground in the first set of his match against Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands.

Roddick, who was forced out of last year's season-ending Tour Finals with a knee injury, went on to complete a comfortable 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory.

Roddick had admonished the official to "move out of the way when you see a player coming" during the match and still appeared annoyed afterwards.

"He wasn't giving up any ground. I didn't see him. He wasn't really trying to do much to get out of the way," he said.

"Normally they see a player running full speed, they decide to at least move or catch the player.

"You know, I felt like he was trying out for WWE (professional wrestling) or something, just letting me go."

Firms to fight in WADA's war

World Anti-Doping Agency (wada) leaders believe their collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry will soon help catch more drugs cheats.

WADA director general David Howman said yesterday that cooperation with drug companies could deliver results this year.

Howman said drug manufacturers approached WADA after Swiss company Roche played a key role catching cyclists who doped at the 2008 Tour de France.

Riders used the new blood-boosting hormone CERA thinking it could not be traced.

But Roche had alerted WADA to the drug's potential for abuse by athletes four years earlier and several riders were caught during and after the race.

Stage winners Riccardo Ricco, Leonardo Piepoli and Stefan Schumacher were stripped of their prizes and banned.