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Fish Overcomes Slow Start In D.C. Opener; Haas Wins Veterans Duel

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Dolgopolov© Getty ImagesAlexandr Dolgopolov improved to a 19-15 season record with his win over Flavio Cipolla.

Top seed Mardy Fish overcame a slow start at the Citi Open on Tuesday in Washington, D.C, edging German qualifier Bjorn Phau 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes.

World No. 15 Fish, quarter-finalist in 2003 and 2006, saved six of the seven break points he faced against World No. 77 Phau, firing 15 aces.

American Fish improved his ATP FedEx Head2Head to 3-1 against Phau, following wins in Delray Beach 2011 and Memphis 2007, and now faces Ricardas Berankis for a place in the quarter-finals.

Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis continued his impressive recent comeback, beating Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 41 minutes.

Wild card Berankis, finalist at the Farmers Classic last week (l. Querrey), fired 10 aces and did not face a break point.

Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov made a strong debut, needing just 59 minutes to defeat Italian Flavio Cipolla 6-1, 6-3. The No. 2 seed won 86 per cent of his first serve points and broke Cipolla four times from eight opportunities.

Dolgopolov, 23, improves to a 19-15 season record, highlighted by a runner-up finish in his 2012 season opener in Brisbane (l. to Murray). He will next play Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, a 6-3, 6-2 victor over Australian Matthew Ebden.

German Tommy Haas picked up his 20th match win of the season, improving to a 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against American qualifier Michael Russell with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in one hour and 15 minutes. Haas and Russell are the second and third oldest players in the Top 100 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings, behind fellow 34 year old Ramirez Hidalgo.

Haas, who made his first appearance at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament 15 years ago, will look to reach the Washington quarter-finals for the fifth time in seven appearances when he next confronts Argentine Leonardo Mayer.

Third-seeded South African Kevin Anderson eased into the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Estonian Jurgen Zopp in their first meeting. World No. 34 Anderson saved all five break points he faced and won 83 per cent of his first serve points, firing 13 aces.

World No. 67 Xavier Malisse extended his ATP FedEx Head2Head against Paul-Henri Mathieu to 2-0, following a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over the Frenchman. The Belgian won 86 per cent of his first service points, firing 12 aces, to advance in one hour and 44 minutes.

Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli edged a marathon straight-sets encounter against Argentine Horacio Zeballos, winning 7-5, 7-5 in two hours and 32 minutes. Chiudinelli saved seven of the eight break points he faced, and now meets American James Blake for a place in the quarter-finals.

German Tobias Kamke advanced at the expense of French seventh seed Benoit Paire in their first meeting. World No. 107 Kamke took advantage of eight of his nine break point opportunities to progress 6-3, 7-5 in 70 minutes. He will next play Australian Marinko Matosevic, a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 winner over American qualifier Jesse Levine.

Unseeded German Benjamin Becker needed 72 minutes to progress in his first meeting with American qualifier Steve Johnson, winning 6-4, 6-3.

Eighth seed Sam Querrey continued his impressive run of form, beating Russian Igor Andreev 7-6(2), 6-7(2), 7-6(3) in two hours and 13 minutes. World No. 38 Querrey, who won his first ATP World Tour title of the year at the Farmers Classic last week (d. Barankis), improved to a 19-15 match record this year.

American Querrey won 84 per cent of points on first serve against World No. 92 Andreev, firing 18 aces. 

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