SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2013
London Contenders Isner, Haas Win Openers In Shanghai
by ATP Staff|
Isner, who is placed 13th in the Emirates ATP Race to London, has the opportunity to clinch 1,000 points if he captures the Shanghai title.
The 14th seed fired 29 aces to claim victory against Colombia's Giraldo in two hours and 18 minutes. Isner next faces Argentina's Carlos Berlocq, whom he defeated in straight sets in their first meeting at Roland Garros this year.
"I'm very happy to get through that... Could have easily lost that match," said Isner. "I started off a little slow in the first set. I told myself the only thing I could do was keep fighting. I felt like I was serving well, so just tried to hold serve as best as I could. That's what I did."
The American said even if he doesn't qualify for London, he's happy with his 2013 season. "If I make that tournament, it would be amazing but if I don't, I've had a very good year so far," said Isner. "I set myself up in good position to get back into the Top 10, given the fact that I didn't really do too well in the fall last year [and] didn't play Australia."
The 35-year-old Haas, a former World No. 2, is looking to qualify for the season finale for the first time. He has a 42-19 match record in 2013, highlighted by his 14th singles title, at the BMW Open in Munich (d. Kohlschreiber).
Former World No. 7 Gael Monfils overcame Japanese qualifer Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 6-2. The Frenchman fired 15 aces and saved the only two break points he faced to set a clash against either countryman and ninth seed Richard Gasquet or Vasek Pospisil.
All matches on outdoor courts, barring one doubles match, were cancelled on Monday due to a typhoon.