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Isner wins U.S. opener

4:03 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Top American John Isner was an easy opening-round winner Tuesday at the U.S. Open.

The 13th-seeded 6-foot-8 slugger dismantled helpless Italian Filippo Volandri, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3, in 1 hour, 16 minutes on the Grandstand court. The massive- serving Isner fired 16 aces on his way to the second round.

The surging Isner recently titled in Atlanta and was a hardcourt runner-up in Washington, D.C., and at an ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, 10th-seeded 6-foot-5 rising Canadian Milos Raonic handled diminutive Italian Thomas Fabbiano, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, on a warm, breezy day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The powerful Raonic unleashed 28 aces, compared to zero by the overmatched Fabbiano.

A big Day-2 upset came when 30-year-old Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez upended 14th-seeded 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Janowicz reached his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon just last month.

Also on Tuesday, 22nd-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber whipped 17-year-old American Collin Altamirano, making his ATP-level debut, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, and 31st-seeded quality Frenchman Julien Benneteau got past Poland's Michal Przysiezny, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

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