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Isner and Verdasco both advance at US Championships

AP, HOUSTON, Texas

Fifth-seeded John Isner beat Ryan Harrison of the US 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 in a first-round match at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships on Tuesday.

Isner had three aces in the tiebreaker, including a 201kph shot at set point. His other aces were clocked at 220kph and 222kph.

Harrison broke Isner’s powerful serve in the ninth game of the second set, but Isner broke right back and took the victory at the third match point.

Sixth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain broke a string of three straight opening-round losses with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 victory over Steve Johnson of the US.

Verdasco won the tiebreaker when Johnson double-faulted at set point. Johnson held after four break points in the fourth game of the second set, but he was broken in the sixth and eighth games.

Qualifier Robby Ginepri of the US kept eighth-seeded Michael Russell of the US off-balance most of the match for a 6-2, 6-2 first-round victory.

Ginepri broke Russell quickly in the first game of the match and again in the seventh game. He wrapped up the first set in the eighth game aided by three Russell errors and he had an ace at the first set point.

Ginepri took control of the match in the opening game of the second set, breaking Russell at the fifth break point. Ginepri pounded in several down-the-line winners that left Russell flat-footed.

Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain was to play his first match yesterday against Gael Monfils of France. Monfils, who missed most of last season with a knee strain, beat James Blake of the US in the first round.

GRAND PRIX HASSAN II

AP, CASABLANCA, Morocco

Two-time defending champion Pablo Andujar was ousted from the Grand Prix Hassan II on Tuesday, losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the first round to qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta in a match between Spaniards.

Carreno-Busta, ranked 237 places below his opponent, will next play second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Tobias Kamke of Germany beat fifth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-3, and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez downed sixth-seeded Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-3 in an all-Spanish match.

Kamke will play former top-five player Tommy Robredo of Spain. Garcia-Lopez faces France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who rallied past Albert Montanes of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Eighth-seeded Grega Zemlja edged Matthias Bachinger of Germany 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 7-6 (7/2) in a match featuring 16 aces. The Slovenian next faces Henri Laaksonen after the Swiss qualifier beat Younes Rachidi of Morocco 6-3, 6-7 (8/10), 6-1.

Italian qualifier Filipo Volandri topped Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-3, 7-5 and will play third-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia. Aljaz Bedene defeated French qualifier Marc Gicquel 6-1, 6-4. The Slovenian next faces fourth-seeded Benoit Paire.

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