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  • Isner, Haas try to bounce back in Delray Beach

    2/25/13 6:39 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Isner, Haas try to bounce back in Delray Beach John Isner made early exits in Memphis, albeit for different reasons. They will try to bounce back with strong showings this week as the top two seeds in Delray Beach.

    The last of the American hard-court events leading up to Indian Wells and Miami takes place this week. Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey are two of the top players at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships along with American citizens Tommy Haas and Kevin Anderson.

    None of the top three seeds--Isner, Querrey, and Haas--had a memorable time in Memphis. A slumping Isner, who has been plagued by a knee injury in 2013, lost his opener in routine straight sets to Denis Istomin. Querrey dropped his second-round match to Marinko Matosevic. Haas had momentum after finishing runner-up in Memphis and dismissing Evgeny Donskoy in the opening round, but he subsequently withdrew due to a virus.

    Isner at least has a favorable draw in Delray Beach. The 6'9'' American opens with Jesse Levine and he could meet Matosevic in round two. Matosevic, however, retired from his Memphis semifinal against Kei Nishikori with a bone bruise on his right foot. Haas will begin against an in-form Igor Sijsling, while Querrey is set for an all-American showdown against Michael Russell on Monday night.

    Nishikori went on to triumph in Memphis, giving him three titles for his career and two 500-pointers in the last five months. The world No. 16 will try to maintain his hot streak when he faces big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic in the Delray Beach first round.

    Anderson, meanwhile, has not played since the Australian Open due to an elbow problem. The sixth-seeded South African is on a collision course with Isner for the quarterfinals. If the seeds hold to form, other quarterfinal matchups would feature Nishikori vs. Feliciano Lopez in a rematch of the Memphis final, Querrey vs. Xavier Malisse, and Haas vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov.


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