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Isner, Anderson make winning starts at Delray Beach

27 February 2013 05:31

John Isner defeated Jesse Levine in three sets on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

Top seed Isner overcame the Canadian 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-4 in two hours and 19 minutes at the ATP 250 event, the American sending down 28 aces on the outdoor hard courts.

Isner will meet Go Soeda in the second round following a narrow victory for the Japanese over Australian Marinko Matosevic, who lost to Kevin Anderson in last year's final.

Soeda came from behind to win 2-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6), saving match points after finding himself 6-3 down in the third set tie-breaker.

South African Anderson, seeded sixth for his tournament defence, accounted for America's Tim Smyczek 6-3 6-4, and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin prevailed 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 7-5 against German Benjamin Becker.

Croatian Ivo Karlovic benefited from the retirement of Japanese fourth seed and 2008 winner Kei Nishikori, who trailed 4-5 in the first set when a back injury put an end to his campaign.

Karlovic, a beaten Delray Beach finalist in 2010, will now tackle Edouard Roger-Vasselin after the Frenchman claimed a 6-1 6-4 win over Italy's Flavio Cipolla.

German second seed Tommy Haas advanced to the second round after Dutchman Igor Sijsling retired with an ankle injury.

Sijsling landed awkwardly after hitting a groundstroke and chose to retire when Haas, the 2006 champion, levelled the match at 5-7 6-4.

In other matches, 2010 champion Ernests Gulbis hit eight aces on his way to a 6-1 6-4 victory over local wildcard James Blake.

Latvian world number 109 Gulbis converted seven of 17 break points, while Blake was left to rue five double faults.

Jack Sock of the United States beat Australia's Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-3, while another American, Bobby Reynolds, went down 6-3 7-5 to Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun.

Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis defeated German Bjoern Phau 6-1 7-6 (7-4) and Spaniard Daniel Munoz won 6-2 1-6 6-3 against local hope Ryan Harrison.

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