Fish advances at Delray Beach with ease

US second seed Mardy Fish needed only 20 minutes to reach the second round of the USD 442,500 ATP Delray Beach International Championships when German rival Bjorn Phau retired.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 13:01 PM IST

Delray Beach: US second seed Mardy Fish needed only 20 minutes to reach the second round of the USD 442,500 ATP Delray Beach International Championships when German rival Bjorn Phau retired.

Fish led 5-0 and had dropped only six points in Tuesday`s match, breaking Phau twice before the German halted the match, advancing the American into a second-round meeting with Brazil`s Ricardo Mello.

South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson rallied to beat US lucky loser Donald Young 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 after two hours and 30 minutes, booking a second-round match against Frenchman Florent Serra.

In the night match, Juan Martin del Potro easily beat Richard Berankis 6-4, 6-1 to advance. Del Potro, of Argentina, won 79 percent of his first serves, converted 80 percent (four of five) of his break-point chances and kept his double faults to a minimum (two) in the 76-minute match.
Serbian sixth seed Janko Tipsarevic also advanced, winning an epic marathon tie-breaker and a lopsided one to eliminate Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (16/14), 7-6 (7/1) despite 18 aces from the Croatian, who lost in last year`s final.

Tipsarevic will next face Slovenian qualifier Blaz Kavcic, who eliminated Colombia`s Robert Farah 6-1, 6-4.

Japan`s Kei Nishikori also opened with a victory, downing Argentina`s Brian Dabul 6-2, 7-6 (7/5). He will next face US wild card James Blake, who ousted German seventh seed Benjamin Becker on Monday.

Colombia`s Alejandro Falla advanced 6-1, 2-0 over Czech lucky loser Jan Halek, who retired 27 minutes into their first-round match.
Falla will next face Wednesday`s winner between Argentina`s Leonardo Mayer and French eighth seed Adrian Mannarino.

Croatia`s Ivan Dodig also reached the second round, dispatching Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Dodig will next face Israel`s Dudi Sela, who eliminated Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Matosevic had replaced US top seed Andy Roddick in the 32-man draw when the American pulled out Monday, citing illness after a three-set Memphis final struggle before capturing his 30th career ATP title.

Latvian Ernests Gulbis, the 2010 Delray winner, is playing in Dubai this year.

Bureau Report