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Americans Harrison, Sock, Young Win Miami Openers

Miami, U.S.A.

Harrison© Getty ImagesRyan Harrison gets fired up as he beats Federico Delbonis.

A pair of 21-year-old Americans enjoyed first-round success on Thursday at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami. Wild card Ryan Harrison defeated recent Sao Paulo champion Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-4, while qualifier Jack Sock dismissed Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4.

World No. 112 Harrison claimed just his fourth win of the season as he set up a clash with Benjamin Becker, who took the place of the injured Juan Martin del Potro in the draw. Sock, a two-time quarter-finalist on the ATP World Tour this season, goes on to face 12th seed Milos Raonic.

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Sam Querrey, who reached the Round of 16 in Miami last year (l. to Berdych), advanced to the second round after beating Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6(2), 6-3. He will next face 18th seed Nicolas Almagro.

Donald Young, 24, set a second-round meeting with top American John Isner after defeating Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-2, 6-2 in 68 minutes. Young will be looking to defeat Isner for the first time in three meetings.

Americans Bradley Klahn and Steve Johnson were unable to maintain their set leads in their first-round matches against Spaniards. Klahn lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, while Johnson fell to Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka will open his Miami title campaign against Daniel Gimeno-Traver after the Spaniard came from a set down to defeat Karen Khachanov 6-7(8), 6-1, 6-1. The in-form Marin Cilic is set to begin against France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who edged Igor Sijsling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3).

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Sixth seed Tomas Berdych will hope to bounce back from a shock opening-round exit in Indian Wells when he faces Stephane Robert. The Frenchman defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr., 7-5, 6-4.

In other matches, Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin took nearly two hours to edge Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 7-6(8), 7-6(2), while Portugal's Joao Sousa closed out a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, the 2013 Most Improved Player of the Year.

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