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  • Raonic and Isner take the court in Newport

    7/10/12 4:19 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Raonic and Isner take the court in Newport Top seed John Isner will begin his title defense at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport against qualifier Sergei Bubka.

    John Isner (1) vs. Sergei Bubka (Q)

    American John Isner is ranked 11th in the world, but he had a horrific grass-court season which consisted of a single lost match at Wimbledon (to Alejandro Falla). Isner has historically played better on home soil than he does in Europe, but he's had almost no preparation on the lawns.

    Sergei Bubka of the Ukraine came up through qualifying. He is ranked 151st in the world, and he plays largely on the Challenger circuit.

    Though Isner is out of form, he should get through this opening match against Bubka in straight sets.

    Milos Raonic (3) vs. Matthew Ebden

    Canadian Milos Raonic had a disappointing showing at Wimbledon. The world No. 23 lost a second-round showdown with American Sam Querrey. But the Canadian is still having a solid year. He has amassed a 27-10 on the season and looks for his first grass-court title of 2012.

    Matthew Ebden of Australia hasn't had a good grass-court season. In fact, the Australian has only won a single match on the lawns in 2012, in the first round of Queen's Club.

    Raonic and his big serve should have no trouble advancing.


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