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Isner Tops Anderson at Shanghai Rolex Masters

Friday, June 21st, 2013

´╗┐Isner Tops Anderson at Shanghai Rolex Masters

SHANGHAI, China On a day when world number two and three Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray arrived in Shanghai, it was American John Isner who turned in the day’s most impressive win at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, 76 (3), 67 (8), 76 (7).

Recording 24 aces and landing 78percent of his first serve attempts, the eighthseeded Isner took the first set tiebreaker, before pushing Anderson to a match point opportunity in the second frame.

Anderson, who nailed 21 aces of his own, regrouped to take the second set, and with neither player able to break the others’ serve, the third set went the distance, with Anderson squandering three match point opportunities before falling to Isner, in what was the longestever match in the history of the Shanghai Rolex Masters (games played).

“I’m very, very happy to be through,” commented Isner. “I don’t care how it looks out there or on paper or whatever. I’ve one goal the rest of the year, and that’s to make the final eight . .

Converting on fourofnine break point opportunities, Nishikori, who is coming off a win last week in Tokyo and was a semifinalist in Shanghai in 2011, outclassed Wu, just three weeks after a wave of antiJapanese protests swept across the Chinese mainland.

“I played well last year, so there’s no reason to not play here,” added Nishikori. “I’m here to play tennis. Sports can make [people] all together. It has big power . . . I love to play here.”

Nishikori now moves on to face American Sam Querrey, while Isner awaits the winner of Richard Gasquet and Radek Stepanek, who defeated former world number one Lleyton Hewitt, 75, 61.

Joining Isner in the third round is Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, who upset seventhranked Juan Monaco, 64, 62, and tenthseeded Marin Cilic, who topped Slovak Martin Klizan, 75, 61.

In a battle for bragging rights across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwanese qualifier Lu YenHsun (pictured below) dominated mainland Chinese wild card Zhang Ze, 60, 62.

Needing just 53 minutes to advance, Lu snuck seven aces past Zhang, and capitalized on fiveofnine break point chances, setting a date with topseeded Roger Federer in the second round.

Also advancing to the second round are advancing to the second round are twelfthseeded Milos Raonic, who took out Australia’s Marinko Matosevic, 76 (4), 63, fifteenthseeded Giles Simon, who downed Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, 64, 62, Marcos Baghdatis, who ousted Italian Fabio Fognini, 62, 62, thirteenth seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who dropped Spaniard Albert Ramos, 76 (1), 76 (5), 2011 semifinalist Feliciano Lopez, who avoided a scare from Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, 63, 16, 63, Germany’s Florian Mayer, who played past Australian Bernard Tomic, 64, 60, Serbian Viktor Troicki, who edged Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, 63, 26, 64, and Denis Istomin, who came from behind against Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq, 46, 62, 61.