John Isner opens Hall of Fame Tennis bid on winning note

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Newport, RI, United States (4E Sports) – Top seed and two-time champion John Isner hit 19 aces en route to a 6-3, 7-6(6) first-round win over qualifier Wayne Odesnik Tuesday at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

Isner, who picked up the 2011 and 2012 Newport trophies as the top seed, improved to a 14-3 match record at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

Isner will next face World No. 208 Austin Krajicek, who overcame Tim Smyczek 7-6(7), 6-1.

Defending champion Nicolas Mahut started his title-retention campaign with a 7-6(1), 6-4 win over Facundo Arguello in just over 90 minutes to advance against qualifier Luke Saville, who defeated Peter Polansky 6-4, 6-2 in 66 minutes.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon champion, overcame the windy conditions to defeat American Ryan Harrison, prevailing 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 after two hours and 10 minutes.

For a place in the quarter-finals, Hewitt will play Croatian qualifier Ante Pavic, a 7-6(0), 6-4 winner over Romanian Marius Copil.

Other winners were Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ivo Karlovic, Adrian Mannarino and Dudi Sela.

Pablo Cuevas claimed just his fourth tour-level win of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 upset win over sixth seed Jeremy Chardy in the first round of the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad.

Defending champion and seventh seed Carlos Berlocq opened his campaign with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Julian Reister, eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Dustin Brown, 6-3, 6-4 while qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas ousted Jiri Vesely, 7-5, 6-2.

Also advancing to the next round were Radu Albot, Elias Ymer, Christian Lindell and Victor Hanescu.

On the women’s side, fourth seed Karin Knapp defeated Raluca Olaru, 6-1, 6-3, in the opening round of the inaugural Bucharest Open in Romania.

Petra Cetkovska also advanced via a 6-3, 6-2 win over Alexandra Cadantu. Other winners were

Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Katarzyna Piter, Elitsa Kostova, Danka Kovinic and Aleksandra Krunic.

Meanwhile, second seed Sara Errani opened her Nurnberger Gastein Ladies campaign via a 6-3, 6-2 win over qualifier Katerina Siniakova.

Also advancing to the next round were Carla Suarez Navarro, Andrea Petkovic, Paula Ormaechea, Shelby Rogers, Dinah Pfizenmaier, Elina Svitolina, Yvonne Meusburger and Camila Giorgi, Irina Falconi and Grace Min.

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