Tennis - Isner moves through in Houston

John Isner prevailed in an all-American battle with Ryan Harrison to kick off his US Clay Court Championship campaign on a winning note.

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John Isner of the US (AFP)

The world number 23 downed his compatriot 7-6(4) 6-4 to move into the second round of the tournament in Houston, where he reached the final last year.

Isner, seeded fifth this time around, had 14 aces during the one hour 38 minute match, although he conspired to drop serve twice in the second set.

Yet Harrison's service game was equally, if not more, erratic and Isner was able to capitalise by breaking three times himself in the decider, crucially when 5-4 ahead after having failed to serve out the match a game earlier.

Isner, who came into the tournament off the back of a singles rubber defeat to Novak Djokovic in a Davis Cup tie against Serbia last weekend, moves on to meet another American Jack Sock.

ATP: US Clay Court Championship results

Round 1

5-John Isner (U.S.) beat Ryan Harrison (U.S.) 7-6(4) 6-4

6-Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Steve Johnson (U.S.) 7-6(5) 6-2

Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) beat Jesse Levine (Canada) 6-7(3) 7-5 6-4

Jack Sock (U.S.) beat Bradley Klahn (U.S.) 7-6(3) 6-3

Flavio Cipolla (Italy) beat Facundo Argueello (Argentina) 4-6 6-4 7-5

Robby Ginepri (U.S.) beat 8-Michael Russell (U.S.) 6-2 6-2

7-Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) beat Gerald Melzer (Austria) 6-2 6-2 

ATP: Casablanca Open results

Round 1

Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat Pablo Andujar (Spain) 6-4 2-6 6-3

Filippo Volandri (Italy) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 6-3 7-5

Henri Laaksonen (Switzerland) beat Younes Rachidi (Morocco) 6-3 6-7(8) 6-1

Tobias Kamke (Germany) beat 5-Jurgen Melzer (Austria) 6-3 6-3

Aljaz Bedene (Slovenia) beat Marc Gicquel (France) 6-1 6-4

8-Grega Zemlja (Slovenia) beat Matthias Bachinger (Germany) 6-7(3) 7-5 7-6(2)

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) beat 6-Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) beat Albert Montanes (Spain) 3-6 6-4 6-4 

WTA: Katowice Open results -

Round 1

Jill Craybas (U.S.) beat 4-Julia Goerges (Germany) 6-7(5) 6-3 4-1 (Goerges retired)

Maria Elena Camerin (Italy) beat Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) 7-6(2) 6-3

6-Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat Sandra Zaniewska (Poland) 6-1 6-1

Shahar Peer (Israel) beat Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) 5-7 7-6(4) 7-6(4)

Irina Begu (Romania) beat Mathilde Johansson (France) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-1

Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) beat Vesna Dolonc (Serbia) 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) beat 5-Alize Cornet (France) 6-3 6-0

Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) beat Lara Arruabarrena Vecino (Spain) 6-1 6-1 

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