Isner survives Muller test in Memphis

Wed, 22 Feb 03:31:00 2012

Top seed John Isner had to battle his way through two tie-breaks to get past Gilles Muller and reach the second round of the ATP tournament in Memphis.

TENNIS John Isner of the U.S. returns the ball to Spain's David Ferrer during their quarter-final match in Paris Masters - 0

The big-serving American and his Luxembourgeois opponent went the entire match at the Racquet Club of Memphis, Tennessee without a single break of serve.

But Isner, who boomed down 26 aces and won 48 of 50 first-serve points, stepped up his game in the tie-breaks, particularly the first, to seal a 7-6(1) 7-6(4) win and advance to a meeting with Donald Young.

Fellow Americans Sam Querrey and Ryan Sweeting also enjoyed first-round victories, Querrey coming from behind to beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 2-6 6-3 6-4 and Sweeting comfortably downing James Blake 6-0 6-2.

But it was disappointment for Robert Kendrick, who lost 6-3 7-6(6) to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Ryan Harrison beat promising youngster Jack Sock 6-3 2-6 6-4 in the late match with defending champion Andy Roddick set to kick off his campaign against Xavier Malisse on Wednesday.


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