Nothing in sports is an automatic lock, especially in tennis. Top seeded John Isner struggled in his opening match against 19 year old Wildcard Christian Harrison at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Thursday.
Isner, who has reached the finals of the tournament twice, needed a tie-breaker to win the first set (7-6(9)). Harrison pushed the former University of Georgia star to a third set with a 6-4 win in the second set.
Harrison claimed the first game in the deciding set controlling the match through five. After evening up the set 5-5, Isner rallied to break Harrison's serve and take command of the match.
Second-seeded Kevin Anderson also struggled in his opening match against Australian Matthew Ebden. Ebden entered the match having played just eight games against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia who retired in the second set due to injury. It was all even at five games for Ebden and Anderson before the lanky South African was able to take control of the set winning the tie-breaker and eventually the match 7-6(7), 6-2, 6-2.
Top-seeded doubles team of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo were bounced from the tourney by Jonathan Erhlich and Andy Ram 7-5, 4-6, 10-8.
By days end, a total of six top seeds were ousted from tournament play (4-singles players and 2 doubles teams).
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