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Querrey, Johnson, Sock Win Washington Openers

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Sam Querrey fired 17 aces in a 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow American Michael Russell in first-round action, Wednesday at the Citi Open in Washington D.C.

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“I stuck to my game plan the whole time,” he said. “I was aggressive on every forehand and aggressive on both second-serve returns and that’s what I wanted to do.”

Querrey, who won the Emirates Airlines US Open Series Bonus Challenge in 2009, will next play No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan. The American has won their past three meetings, most recently in 2012 at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, and leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-1.

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Steve Johnson, who lost to Querrey last week in Atlanta, set a second-round clash with fellow American and No. 5 seed John Isner after defeating Australian wild card James Duckworth 6-3, 7-6(4). Isner, a two-time Washington finalist, successfully defended his BB&T Atlanta Open title on Sunday with victory over Dudi Sela.

Sela needed two hours to get by Australian lucky loser Sam Groth in his opening match Tuesday, prevailing 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4. Groth served 16 aces and won four of 16 break point chances, while Sela went three for six on his opportunities.

Jack Sock joined Querrey and Johnson as American winners Tuesday, defeating German Michael Berrer 7-6(2), 6-4. The 21-year-old Sock is currently the No. 2 American, at a career-high No. 60 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, after reaching back-to-back semi-finals in Newport (l. to Hewitt) and Atlanta (l. to Isner).

Sock will look to continue his run when he next faces Canadian Milos Raonic, the No. 2 seed. Raonic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-1, including a pair of victories earlier this year.

Nestor/Zimonjic Upset In Opener
Third seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic fell in their first-round match against Juan Sebastian Cabal and David Marrero, 6-2, 6-2. Zimonjic had won the title in two of the past three years, with Julien Benneteau in 2013 and with Michael Llodra in 2011.

Recent Newport finalists Jonathan Erlich and Rajeev Ram defeated Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-3, 6-4.

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