Fish, Isner win in Citi Open second round

John Isner is pretty good in tiebreakers.

The eighth-seeded Isner, coming off a tournament victory Sunday

in Atlanta, held off Alex Kuznetsov 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in the second

round of the Citi Open on Wednesday.

Isner has won 16 of his last 17 tiebreakers, including six of

seven in Atlanta.

”I don’t hype myself up anymore when the situation comes to

that,” Isner said. ”I’ve been in that situation before, quite a

few times.”

Isner will play India’s Somdev Devvarman in the third round.

Though they’ve never played each other professionally, while at

Virginia in 2008, Devvarman beat Isner to win the NCAA singles

championship. Isner’s Georgia squad won the team title that year,

though.

”I always tease him,” Isner said ”I was able to get the team

ring, something he was never able to do.”

Mardy Fish also advanced to the third round, beating 12th-seeded

Julien Benneteau of France 6-3, 7-5. Fish will play seventh-seeded

Kevin Anderson or Kevin Duckworth. Anderson was leading Duckworth

6-3, 3-6, 5-4 when play was suspended because of rain.

Third-seeded Tommy Haas was losing to Tim Smyczek 6-3, 5-7,

1-0.

Also, Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov beat fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of

France 6-4, 6-2; 13th-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia beat Germany’s

Tobias Kamke 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; and the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek

topped 17th-seeded Michael Llodra of France 6-2, 6-1.

On the women’s side, Germany’s Andrea Petkovic beat sixth-seeded

compatriot Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. Petkovic

scraped her knee on the penultimate point, giving her a bright red

mark.

”I’m happy to have something to show off now,” said Petkovic,

who will play Paula Ormaechea or Olga Puchkova.