REGIONS MORGAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Isner Begins Memphis Campaign; Sweeting, Querrey Win
by ATP Staff|
No. 1 seed John Isner topped Gilles Muller 7-6(1), 7-6(4) at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships Tuesday to begin his campaign in Memphis. "It was a match I knew was going to be tough," said Isner. "I knew I was going to have to scrap it out. I served my best, so that helped."
The American was virtually untouchable on his first serve, winning 48 of 50 points and hitting 26 aces in the process. He claimed the final three points in the second set tie-break to seal his third straight win over Muller in one hour and 40 minutes. "Confidence comes from putting a string of matches together. I haven't really played that many matches," Isner said.
"As far as being match ready, I don't feel like I'm quite there yet... The balls weren't really finding the court, until the tie-breaks. I was able to find a couple lines here and there. Getting that first set under my belt was huge."
Isner, who reached the final in 2010 (l. to Querrey), is ranked a career-high 13th in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. He is seeking to win his fourth title and first indoors. The 26 year old will take on compatriot Donald Young next.
Ryan Sweeting was strong in his opener, defeating countryman James Blake 6-0, 6-2 in just 45 minutes. Sweeting won 79 per cent of his service points and broke Blake three times in each set, improving to 2-0 against the former World No. 4.
Blake was contesting his first match of the season, returning to action after being sidelined with a knee injury.
Wild card Sam Querrey overturned a slow start to defeat Alejandro Falla 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes. Querrey, the champion two years ago, will look to win back-to-back matches for the first time this year when he faces the winner of seventh seed Kevin Anderson and qualifier Robby Ginepri in the second round.
Harrison is coming off a final four showing at the SAP Open (l. to Raonic), his third semi-final at an ATP World Tour event.