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Isner Survives Ginepri; De Bakker Upsets Anderson In Atlanta

Atlanta, U.S.A.

Isner© Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta OpenJohn Isner saved two match points against Robby Ginepri in the Atlanta second round on Tuesday.

Top seed and defending champion John Isner survived a strong push from fellow American Robby Ginepri in the second round of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Thursday night, advancing to the quarter-finals 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 on a rain-interrupted day at Atlantic Station.

Both drew on home-court advantage during their battle lasting two hours and 26 minutes: Ginepri resides in nearby Kennesaw, and Isner was a decorated tennis player at the University of Georgia. After losing the first set, Isner, who fired 30 aces, clinched the second-set tie-break and converted the third set's lone break point in the 11th game. He would go on to close out the match on his serve.

The 29 year old next faces eighth seed Marinko Matosevic, who reached his fifth quarter-final of 2014 when he defeated American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-5 in 95 minutes. The Australian won 60 per cent of of his service points (43 of 71) and converted on five of seven break points against Smyczek.

Matosevic improves to 18-16 in his FedEx ATP Win/Loss record for 2014, already equalling his personal-high of 18 wins in 2013.

Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker completed a 6-4, 7-5 victory over No. 2 seed and returning finalist Kevin Anderson in the day's first match, interrupted by rain. The 142nd-ranked De Bakker created 13 break point chances and converted three times against World No. 17 Anderson, who lost to John Isner in last year’s final.

"I didn't feel like my normal serve out there," said the South African Anderson. "I felt a step behind the whole match. I thought [De Bakker] played well, hit the ball quite big. I was disappointed with how I played today."

"It proves that I can play against [the top players]," said De Bakker, who sealed the second-round encounter on his fourth ace. "My goal is to play them more and more often and also to improve my level of play."

De Bakker, who stepped into the main draw as a lucky loser, will next face German Benjamin Becker, who ousted No. 7 seed Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 18 minutes.

"The hard courts suit my game," said Becker. "I hope I can continue to play well [on the surface]."

Both De Bakker and Becker had posted their best results of the season last month in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. De Bakker, 25, had reached his first quarter-final in nearly a year, while the 33-year-old Becker advanced to the final.

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