Top-seeded John Isner advances in Atlanta Open

Top-seeded John Isner advances in Atlanta Open

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ATLANTA (AP) - Top-seeded John Isner avoided an upset in his Atlanta Open title defense Thursday night, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Robby Ginepri in the second round.

Trailing 5-4 in the third set, the 12th-ranked Isner fought off two match points and evened it at 5-5 with consecutive aces. The former University of Georgia star had 30 aces overall.

Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker beat second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 7-5 in the rain-delayed second round. De Bakker, ranked 142nd in the world, overcame a 5-3 deficit in the second set.

Ben Becker of Germany also had an upset win, topping seventh-seeded Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3. Eighth-seeded Marinko Matosevic of Australia beat American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-5.

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