Ferrer, Tipsarevic and Isner and del Potro progress to US Open second round

August 29, 2012 · Print This Article

US Open—New York

No. 4 seed David Ferrer handled a potentially difficult first-round encounter with Kevin Anderson on Wednesday, defeating the South African 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(3) in two hours and 16 minutes.

Overcoming six aces and 30 winners, Ferrer broke serve on three occasions while never losing his delivery. The consistent Spaniard will next face Igor Sijsling for a place in the third-round.

Elsewhere, Janko Tipsarevic needed all his reserves to get by Guillaume Rufin 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Struggling with an illness last week, Tipsarevic slammed 17 aces and won 85 percent of his first serve points to reach the round of 64. The Serb, who reached the quarters last year, will next face Brian Baker. The 27-year-old American breezed past Jan Hajek in straight sets.

No. 9 seed John Isner was almost pushed to five sets, but managed to wrap up his first-round contest with Xavier Malisse 6-3, 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(9).

Known throughout his career for playing long matches, Isner relied on 20 aces and 59 winners to even his head-to-head with Malisse at 2-all. Isner, who is playing in a relatively open section, will next face willy veteran Jarkko Nieminen.

Fan favorite Juan Martin del Potro was efficient in defeating lucky loser Florent Serra 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-4. The Argentine was scheduled to meet David Nalbandian before he withdrew.

Other winners on the day included, Richard Gasquet Lleyton Hewitt, Gilles Muller, Benoit Paire, Leonardo Mayer and Ernests Gulbis.

Andy Murray finished off the day’s play with a straight forward victory over Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

Thursday’s action in New York will feature Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mardy Fish, Milos Raonic and James Blake.

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