• Istomin sends Isner packing from Memphis

    2/20/13 3:47 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Istomin sends Isner packing from Memphis John Isner bows out of Memphis right away, going down to Denis Istomin in straight sets on Tuesday. Up next for Istomin is either Lleyton Hewitt or Yen-Hsun Lu.

    John Isner did not last long at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships.

    Isner went down to Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-3 in exactly one hour during first-round action on Tuesday night. Istomin lost a mere six points in nine service games while benefiting from six Isner double-faults.

    The third-seeded American, who has been mired in a slump since last summer in part due to a recent knee injury, lost his way early and often in this one. He dropped serve midway through the opening set and never came close to getting it back. Istomin closed out the set with a routine hold at 5-4.

    The second progressed in even easier fashion for the 63rd-ranked Uzbek. He missed two break chances right off the bat, but a break at 3-3 all but ended the proceedings. Isner was so hopeless returning his opponent's serve that it hardly mattered when he got broken one more time. Istomin solved the Isner serve again at 5-3 so he did not even have to close it out himself.

    A Thursday meeting with either Lleyton Hewitt or Yen-Hsun Lu awaits Istomin.

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