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Isner, Ginepri Win All-American Openers In Houston

Houston, U.S.A.

Ginepri © Aaron M. Sprecher/ROCCRobby Ginepri posted his first match win on the ATP World Tour since March 2012.

Returning finalist John Isner closed out a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over fellow American Ryan Harrison on Tuesday night at the US Men's Clay Court Championship

The fifth-seeded Isner dropped serve twice in the second set, failing to serve out the match at 5-3, before breaking Harrison in the next game for the victory. 

Isner, who finished runner-up to Argentine Juan Monaco last year in Houston, will next face another young American, Jack Sock. The wild card converted his two break points to beat qualifier Bradley Klahn 7-6(3), 6-3.

In another all-American first round match, former World No. 15 Robby Ginepri notched his first tour-level win in more than a year as he defeated eighth seed Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2. 

Ginepri saved all four break points faced while capitalising on four of his nine opportunities against the 2012 Houston semi-finalist.

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, the No. 6 seed, made a winning debut in Houston, defeating American wild card Steve Johnson 7-6(5), 6-2. It marked Verdasco's first victory since a third-round showing at the Australian Open.

Seventh-seeded Italian Paolo Lorenzi took one hour and 15 minutes to get by Austrian qualifier Gerald Melzer, the younger brother of 2006 finalist Jurgen Melzer, 6-2, 6-2. He next plays countryman Flavio Cipolla, a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 winner over Argentine qualifier Facundo Arguello.

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