10/22/12 11:06 PM | Cheryl Murray
John Isner withstood a spirited charge from Fabio Fognini to advance to the second round in Valencia, while David Goffin defeated Pablo Andujar in a match that can only be described as comical.
John Isner (5) def. Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5
After taking the first set in fairly routine fashion, American John Isner found himself in a dog fight with Italy's Fabio Fognini. After losing the first set by a single break of serve, Fognini went to work in the second.
He and Isner took turns holding serve to force the tiebreaker. Isner, who is the better server, should have had the upper hand in the tiebreaker, but he couldn't hold it together. He and Fognini traded mini-breaks several times, with Isner donating four to the Italian's cause before Fognini took the set to level the match.
The third set featured three service breaks. The two men traded breaks of serve earlier in a set that seemed destined to end in another tiebreaker. But Isner was able to get a second service break with Fognini serving to stay in the match.
David Goffin def. Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-2
Pablo Andujar put on an absolutely dismal serving display in his first-round match against Belgium's David Goffin. The Belgian didn't play well, but Andujar was downright abysmal.
In a match that contained 14 games total, there were a combined 12 service breaks. The four games that Andujar managed to win were all breaks of Goffin's serve; the Spaniard was broken all eight times he stepped up to the service line.
Goffin will take on Isner in the second round.
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