SONY OPEN TENNIS 2014
Americans Harrison, Sock, Young Win Miami Openers
by ATP Staff|
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.
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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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.