Newport, RI (Sports Network) - American John Isner defeated old foe Nicolas
Mahut in straight sets in second-round action at the Hall of Fame Tennis
The top-seeded and defending champion Isner topped the French Mahut 6-2, 7-6
(7-2) in 78 minutes, which is a far cry from their odyssey at Wimbledon two
Isner and Mahut met Wednesday in a rematch of their epic 2010 opening-round
Wimbledon match, a match that was more than 11 hours long and played out
over three days at the All England Club. Isner won that one as well.
The 6-foot-9 Isner is now 3-1 lifetime against Mahut, with all four meetings
coming on grass. The American popped 13 aces en route to his Day-3 victory.
Isner beat Belgian Olivier Rochus in last year's finale on the grass courts
at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where Mahut was a runner-up in 2007.
Australian wild card Lleyton Hewitt, a former world No. 1, scored a 6-4, 2-6,
6-1 victory over American qualifier Tim Smyczek. Hewitt struggled in the
second set, double-faulting twice and getting only 42 percent of first serves
in, but he rebounded nicely in the final set.
The two-time Grand Slam champion won 6-of-9 first serve points and 7-of-10
break points to finish off the win.
Second-seeded rising Japanese Kei Nishikori rolled along by overcoming the
two-time Newport runner-up Rochus, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-2. The diminutive Rochus
had appeared in the last two finals here, losing both.
Israeli Dudi Sela took out 2009 Newport runner-up Sam Querrey of the United
States 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, while '09 champ Rajeev Ram of the U.S. advanced
with a victory over fellow American Michael Russell, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Ram will
face Nishikori in the round of eight.
Another second-round result saw South African qualifier Izak Van der Merwe
straight-set American wild card Jack Sock, 6-4, 6-4.
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