Shanghai, China (Sports Network) - Towering American John Isner snuck into
the third round, while seventh-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco was ousted at
the $3.5 million Shanghai Masters, the eighth of nine ATP Masters events this
The 6-foot-9 eighth-seeded Isner battled South African Kevin Anderson over
three sets on Day 3, as the North Carolina native saved three match points
before prevailing after three tiebreaks, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (9-7), as
neither player was able to break serve in a big-hitting affair on the
hardcourts at Qizhong Tennis Center.
Isner needed 2 hours, 46 minutes to advance, as the American swatted 24 aces,
while Anderson chimed in with 21 in a losing effort.
"Really we both served well," said Isner. "It's one of the few times where, I
don't think I was out served, but he served right up there with me as far as
aces, percentages, what not. So we both were serving exceptionally well. It
came down to a few points here or there, and I was able to pull it out. It was
looking bleak for a little bit. I served well enough to maybe win in two sets,
but I had to win in three. I'm very, very excited to get through. I know I
easily could have lost that one."
Also in the second round, Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco doused
Monaco 6-4, 6-2 and 10th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic handled Slovak Martin Klizan
7-5, 6-1. Monaco titled in Malaysia two weeks ago.
Four seeds saw opening-round action on Tuesday.
Twelfth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic topped Aussie qualifier Marinko Matosevic
7-6 (7-4), 6-3; 13th-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka bested Spaniard Albert
Ramos 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5); hot 14th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori dismissed
Chinese wild card Di Wu 6-2, 6-4; and 15th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon
pasted struggling Austrian southpaw Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-2. The surging
Nishikori is fresh off his title in Tokyo where he upset Raonic in the final
In another first-round bout, Czech veteran Radek Stepanek drove out wild card
and former world No. 1 Aussie Lleyton Hewitt, 7-5, 6-1.
Additional opening-round wins came for Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis,
Serb Viktor Troicki, Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, German Florian Mayer,
Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu, and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.
The second round will conclude on Wednesday with 13 matches, including ones
for top seeds Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and reigning two-time Shanghai
champ Andy Murray. The 2010 Shanghai runner-up Federer will face the
qualifier Lu, while last week's Beijing titlist Djokovic will encounter
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and the U.S. Open champion and Olympic gold medalist
Murray will meet Mayer.
The British star Murray captured his second straight Shanghai title by
beating Spaniard David Ferrer in last year's finale.
The 2012 Shanghai champ will collect $669,450.
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