28 Aug 2013

Isner cruises into US Open second round

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Photo: Paul ZimmerJohn Isner (USA) - 2013 US Open

The second day of the 2013 US Open saw the big names on the men’s side make light work of their 1st round opponents and they don’t come any bigger than No. 13 seed John Isner.

The 28-year-old, who has been in fine form on American hard courts, defeated Italy’s Filippo Volandri 60 62 63 to continue his fine form on US soil this summer.

When asked what he is doing differently, the man with the gigantic serve said: “I work hard all throughout the year, and I just seem to have finally put it together here during the summer season.

“If I can get a lot of wins under my belt I become very confident. When I'm confident I feel like I'm very tough to beat, and I think that showed today. I played the big points well and I was really going for my shots and I felt great out there. That's in large part because I'm very confident.”

With the ability to offer his opponents nothing on his own serve, Isner could be one to watch at this year’s US Open, but there are some familiar names who will have something to say about that.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic cruised past Ricardas Berankis 61 62 62, while five-time champion Roger Federer made equally light work of Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja, winning 63 62 75.

Two other men who could do well at Flushing Meadows are Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych who both won in straight sets against Thomas Fabbiano and Paolo Lorenzi respectively.

But it wasn’t plain sailing for all of the seeds in men’s draw. Wimbledon semifinalist and No. 14 seed Jerzy Janowicz came undone 64 64 62 against Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina, while No. 15 seed Nicolas Almagro fell in four sets 63 61 46 63 to Denis Istomin.

There was also an upset for No. 25 seed Grigor Dimitrov, who was ousted 36 63 64 57 62 by Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

The biggest shock of the day was reserved for the women’s draw, however, as 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur was defeated by American qualifier Victoria Duval.

Stosur, who slipped to a 57 64 64 loss, countered criticism that she underestimated her opponent saying: “I've played a lot of matches where you're playing someone who you don't know or you're a lot higher ranked. 

“I probably lost enough matches where I maybe should have won that I don't really underestimate anybody, no matter what their ranking, where they're from, what the occasion. I don't think that's the right way to go into a match, especially in a Grand Slam.”

Other results of note in the women’s draw included a 60 60 victory for Victoria Azarenka against Dinah Pfizenmaier and a win for No. 4 seed Sara Errani by the same scoreline against lucky loser Olivia Rogowska.

Petra Kvitova got out of trouble with a 62 36 61 win over Japan’s Misaki Doi, while Ana Ivanovic was untroubled against Anna Tatishvili, winning 62 60.

The men’s first round continues on Wednesday, while the women’s second round matches in the top half of the draw will take place.