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  • Isner, Haas take the court after byes in San Jose

    2/13/13 3:36 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Isner, Haas take the court after byes in San Jose John Isner and Tommy Haas will contest their San Jose openers on Wednesday. Isner awaits Vasek Pospisil while Haas is going up against Jesse Levine.

    Vasek Pospisil vs. (2) John Isner

    Isner will kick off his SAP Open campaign when he takes the court with Pospisil on Wednesday night. Their only previous meeting came a little more than a year ago in Vienna (also on an indoor hard court), where a typical Isner match transpired. After two breaks--one each--throughout the first two sets, the decider progressed to a prolonged tiebreaker and Pospisil eventually prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(9).

    There is a great chance of another Pospisil victory, in part because the 22-year-old Canadian scored an impressive 7-5, 6-1 win over Evgeny Donskoy on Tuesday. Mainly, however, Isner is in dreadful form. The 6'9'' American was forced out of the Australian Open with a knee injury and he has won a mere three matches since last summer's U.S. Open. Unless Isner serves at no less than 65 percent and fires at least seven aces per set, Pospisil should advance.

    Jesse Levine vs. (4) Tommy Haas

    Levine and Haas will be going head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers on Wednesday in San Jose. All three of their previous encounters have come on hard courts and Haas has won all three in straight sets--at the 2008 Indianapolis event, one season later in Los Angeles, and again last fall in Vienna.

    The 34-year-old German is struggling to heat up to his 2012 level, as he is a mere 1-2 this season. He has not played since a first-round loss to Jarkko Nieminen in Melbourne. An in-form Levine earned his fourth ATP match victory of the season on Monday by dismissing Bradley Klahn 7-5, 6-2. This could be tough for Haas, but he should get the job done in three sets.

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