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Karlovic Falls To Sock In Houston; Querrey Advances

Houston, U.S.A.

Karlovic © Aaron Sprecher/ROCCIvo Karlovic loses to Jack Sock for the first time in three meetings.

Former champion Ivo Karlovic bowed out in his first-round match Monday at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston. The eighth-seeded Croatian, who had begun the week as the circuit leader with 94 per cent of service games won, was broken four times in a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to American Jack Sock in 55 minutes.

Karlovic, who claimed the ATP World Tour 250 title in 2007, fell to a 7-5 tournament record. The 21-year-old Sock also reached the second round on his Houston debut last year (l. to Isner). He awaits the winner between German Benjamin Becker and Spanish qualifier Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

German Dustin Brown set a second-round meeting with top seed and defending champion John Isner after taking just 49 minutes to dismiss American wild card Rhyne Williams 6-1, 6-2. The 101st-ranked Brown and World No. 9 Isner will be facing off for the first time.

American Sam Querrey served 17 aces en route to his 6-4, 7-6(6) victory against Alex Bogomolov Jr. on Monday evening.

"That’s the first time I’ve grinded through a tough win like that all year and it feels really good," said the World No. 82 about closing out his Russian opponent in 96 minutes.

In improving to 2-2 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Bogomolov, the 2010 finalist (l. to Chela) set up a potential clash with 2009 champion Lleyton Hewitt in the second round. Hewitt, the seventh seed, will play Canadian qualifier Peter Polansky on Tuesday afternoon.

Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez fared well in his first meeting against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, defeating the wild card 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to secure a second-round berth.

Americans Ryan Harrison and Robby Ginepri won in the final round of qualifying Monday, and will respectively face Donald Young and fifth seed Feliciano Lopez in the first round.

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