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  • Ferrer, Isner advance at U.S. Open

    8/30/12 1:03 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Ferrer, Isner advance at U.S. Open U.S. Open semifinal contenders David Ferrer and John Isner book their spots in the second round on Wednesday. Ferrer rolls over Kevin Anderon and Isner holds off Xavier Malisse in a fourth-set tiebreaker.




    (4) David Ferrer d. Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(3)

    Ferrer kicked off his U.S. Open campaign by dismissing Anderson in two hours and 15 minutes during first-round action on Wednesday afternoon. The fifth-ranked Spaniard broke serve at 2-2 in both the first and second sets to take complete control. That was all he needed in the opener, but he struck again at 4-2 in the second for good measure.

    Anderson raised his level to at least make set three competitive. The 6'8'' South African had a 0-30 chance at 4-3 and triple-set-point at 5-4, 0-40. Ferrer dug out of both holes, the latter with three consecutive service winners. New York's No. 4 seed eventually won six points in a row in the tiebreaker and converted his third match point at 6-3 when Anderson sent a forehand well long. Next up for Ferrer is qualifier Igor Sijsling, who rolled over Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

    (9) John Isner d. Xavier Malisse 6-3, 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(9)

    Isner just barely held off Malisse in two hours and 56 minutes to reach the U.S. Open second round on Wednesday afternoon in Arthur Ashe Stadium. For a while it looked like Isner would advance in much easier fashion, as he used an immediate break to take the opening set with ease. After both players held throughout set two, Isner won the last four points of the tiebreaker and clinched when Malisse broke a string on a forehand.

    But Malisse stayed in it mentally and pressed Isner the rest of the way. A double-fault by the 6'9'' American on break point at 5-5 allowed Malisse to serve out the third set one game later, which he did at love. Set four progressed to a tiebreaker with Malisse saving one break point at 3-4. The 32-year-old Belgian twice battled back from a mini-break down, but he lost a service point at 9-9 and his opponent closed it out with a huge first delivery. Isner will go up against Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen on Friday.



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