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Isner To Play Sock In Nice; Gulbis Starts Against Klizan

Nice, France

Klizan© Yohan Brandt/Open de Nice Côte d’AzurMartin Klizan hit six aces in his first-round victory over Bernard Tomic.

Top seed John Isner will begin his quest for a second ATP World Tour clay-court title (2013 Houston) against fellow American Jack Sock in the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur second round.

Sock, a qualifier, knocked out Kenny de Schepper 6-4, 6-2 in 68 minutes on Tuesday and will now look to record his first victory in his third meeting against Isner, who is making his third appearance at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament.

Second seed Ernests Gulbis will start with a second round clash against Martin Klizan, who began his bid for a third ATP World Tour title by beating Bernard Tomic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. He hit six aces and won 83 per cent of his first service points. Earlier this month, Klizan qualified for the BMW Open by FWU AG and beat Fabio Fognini in the final.

Carlos Berlocq, who beat two Top 10 players – Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych – en route to the Portugal Open title earlier this month, edged Julien Benneteau 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Two of the biggest climbers in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, Steve Johnson and Dominic Thiem, also clashed on Tuesday, with Thiem edging out his American opponent 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 in two hours and 17 minutes. The Austrian has climbed 81 spots from No. 139 to a career-high No. 58 since the start of 2014; Johnson has risen from No. 175 to No. 67. The 20 year old meets fourth seed Gilles Simon in the second round.

Robin Haase will face fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov after he defeated Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-2 in 63 minutes.

Monfils, SimonMid-afternoon, Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon led a kids clinic and signed autographs at ‘La Coulée Verte’ in Nice. Monfils has withdrawn from the tournament due to a right ankle injury. Sam Querrey takes his place in the main draw as a lucky loser.

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Rojer/Tecau Beaten In Doubles Opener
Brothers Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski caused a big upset in the doubles when they beat second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, who have lifted third titles from four ATP World Tour finals this season, 7-5, 5-7, 10-6. The Skupskis saved five of six break points, while Rojer and Tecau saved eight of nine break points in the one-hour and 37-minute win.

Top seeds and 2010 finalists Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi defeated Matthew Ebden and Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-4 in 66 minutes.

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