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John Isner advances at Newport

Updated: July 10, 2012, 7:49 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Top seed and defending champion John Isner beat qualifier Sergei Bubka of the Ukraine 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 in an opening-round match at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Isner, ranked 11th in the world entering the week and a U.S. Olympian, relied on his overpowering serve despite playing lethargically at times.

Second-seeded Kei Nishikori, Japan's top player and the highest-ranked player ever from his country also won his opening match, defeating Igor ...

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