• Calleri and Fish advance in Houston

    4/16/08 7:06 PM | Jonathan Morgan
    Calleri and Fish advance in Houston Betting favorite Agustin Calleri and 2006 champ Mardy Fish advanced Tuesday in Houston while Isner went down to Roitman and Gulbis was destroyed.

    Agustin Calleri def. Vince Spadea 6-4, 6-3

    No surprises here as the Argentine Calleri romps through his first round encounter with Vince Spadea. Calleri's serving was abysmal, 40% first serves, but that mattered little. It was what he did after the serve that mattered most. Calleri was able to control the baseline exchanges most of the time and broke Spadea 4 times. At times, Vince looked tired and unsure of what to do. Spadea's losing streak now reaches 5 matches as he has yet to win since Delray Beach. Calleri will face Paul Capdeville or Diego Hartfield in the next round.

    Mardy Fish player profile" style="border-bottom: 1px dotted #000;">Mardy Fish def. Rainer Schuettler 7-6(4), 6-3

    The 2006 champ looked to be in total control of this match from the start against Schuettler. Fish threw down 11 aces and absolutely destroyed Rainer's second serve, winning 66% of those points. Schuettler has been in terrible form recently, only winning 2 matches this year, spending most of his time on the challenger tour, and now losing his 5th straight ATP level match. In the second set, Schuettler looked helpless in many of the rallies as Fish was clearly in control, losing just 6 points on serve. Mardy will play Carlos Berlocq in the 2nd round.

    Marcel Granollers-Pujol def. Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-0

    Not an unexpected result here, as MGP is the dictionary definition of a clay court specialist, whereas Gulbis much prefers the faster courts. What is a surprise is how easily Gulbis went down. MGP lost just 2 points on his first serve, allowing him to take control of most of his service games easily. During the rallies, MGP was able to jerk Gulbis around as the Latvian looked absolutely clueless as to what to do. MGP's massive clay court experience, despite it being on the challenger tour, truly served him well here in annihilating young Gulbis. He will play either Luczak or Levy in the next round.

    Sergio Roitman def. John Isner 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3

    A close encounter this one was as Isner's big serve translated well on clay, at least for the first set. Roitman could not handle the American's serve, and as a result, got tight on his own serve, allowing Isner to break in the first set. As the 2nd set wore on, Roitman began to get more of a read for the Isner serve as the tiebreak was inevitable. Six-all in the tiebreak would be as close to winning as Isner would get, as Roitman pulled himself together to take the set. After that loss, Isner looked a bit down-trodden and his serve lacked the same bite it had in the first and second sets, allowing Roitman to read it better and make Isner play more baseline rallies. That played right into the Argentine's hands as he won the 3rd set with an easier 6-3 score. He will play Igor Kunitsyn, a surprise winner over Tommy Haas, in the following round.

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