John Isner fires 26 aces, downs NCAA champion at US Open

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – American No. 1 John Isner fired 26 aces en route to a 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(2) victory over reigning NCAA champion Marcos Giron in the first round of the US Open Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Isner claimed his 32nd win and advanced against Jan-Lennard Struff, who rallied from a two-set deficit to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.

Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic clinched his first Grand Slam win as he defeated Igor Sijsling 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. He will next face 17-year-old Borna Coric, who marked his Grand Slam main draw debut with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 upset win over No. 29 seed Lukas Rosol.

Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon also advanced after recording straight-set wins. The 12th-seeded Gasquet defeated Denis Istomin 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-4, while the 26th-seeded Simon dismissed Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Kei Nishikori made a winning return from the toe injury that forced him out of Toronto and Cincinnati Tuesday, advancing to the second round with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Wayne Odesnik.

The 10th-seeded Japanese player hit 37 winners and converted six of his 16 break points to prevail in just over two hours. He will next play Pablo Andujar, who was leading 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 when Jack Sock was forced to retire from their match with a right calf injury.

Other winners were Sam Querrey, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Federico Delbonis, Ivo Karlovic, Marcel Granollers and Fabio Fognini.

On the women’s side, Petra Kvitova, Eugenie Bouchard and Ana Ivanovic led the parade of first-round winners into the next round.

Kvitova downed Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 6-0; Bouchard beat Olga Govortsova, 6-2, 6-1; and Ivanovic defeated Alison Riske, 6-3, 6-0.

CiCi Bellis, 15, recorded the day’s biggest upset as she eliminated 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Other winners were Victoria Azarenka, Marina Erakovic, Samantha Stosur, Flavia Pennetta, Casey Dellacqua, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Mona Barthel, Varvara Lepchenko, Shelby Rogers, Kaia Kanepi and Sorana Cirstea.

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