US Open: American John Isner moves into second round

By Evan Hilbert |

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John Isner defeated fellow American Marcos Giron at the US Open Tuesday. (Getty Images)

John Isner had little trouble Tuesday in his opening round match with former NCAA champion and fellow American Marcos Giron, winning in straight sets 7-6, 6-2, 7-6.

The top American on the men's side of the bracket has been battling a sprained ankle, which led to his withdrawal from the Winston-Salem Open last week. He showed few ill effects Tuesday, however, advancing to the second round in New York.

It wasn't a cake walk, though. Giron, a UCLA product, jumped ahead 4-2 in the first set before Isner stormed back, winning the first set in a tiebreaker. He cruised through the second, before Giron again offered resistance in the third set, but Isner again won in a tiebreak, again.

As is his custom, Isner leaned on his serve, doling out 24 aces to Giron's seven. Giron was also undone by unforced errors; he had 24 to Isner's 17.

Isner, the tournament's No. 13 seed, will play the winner of Mikhail Kukushkin and Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round.

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