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Lopez Wins Houston Debut; Anderson, Harrison Advance

Houston, U.S.A.

Anderson© Aaron M. SprecherKevin Anderson is making his third appearance in Houston.

World No. 15 Feliciano Lopez won his Houston debut Wednesday evening, defeating Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6(4) in the second round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship.

The Spaniard won 74 per cent of his first serve points, hitting 13 aces past Lorenzi to seal the victory in one hour and 56 minutes.

Lopez is aiming to win back-to-back matches for just the second time this year, having advanced to the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. to Nadal). He next faces Carlos Berlocq, who became the first player to reach the final eight after rolling over Bjorn Phau 6-1, 6-0.

Berlocq capitalised on six of his nine break point opportunities to take the second-round meeting in one hour. The Argentine is through to his fifth clay-court quarter-final of the season, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the VTR Open (l. to Monaco).

Fifth seed Kevin Anderson got off to a winning start, beating Brazilian Joao Souza 6-3, 6-4 to set up a second-round clash with American Sam Querrey.

Anderson countered losing his serve three times by converting on five of his seven break points during the one hour, 54-minute match. The 33rd-ranked South African, who won the Delray Beach title last month, improved to a 12-6 season record.

Teenager Ryan Harrison overcame seventh seed Alex Bogomolov Jr. 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes to win his opener. The 19-year-old American fired 13 aces and saved nine of the 11 break points he faced to win the pair’s first tour-level meeting.

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Harrison won his first ATP World Tour match when he was 15 at the ATP World Tour 250 event four years ago. In the second round, Harrison faces Russia’s Igor Kunitsyn.

American Bobby Reynolds withstood 19 aces from eighth seed Ivo Karlovic’s racquet, prevailing against the eighth-seeded Croat 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3 after two hours and 16 minutes. Karlovic had won the Houston title without the loss of a set in 2007 and reached the semi-finals as a qualifier last year.

Reynolds, currently No. 116 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, is making his first appearance at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament since his debut in 2006. He next plays defending champion Ryan Sweeting.

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