Top seed Isner crashes out

  • Last Updated: January 9 2013, 13:04 GMT

Top seed John Isner was dumped out of by fellow American Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Apia International in Sydney.

John Isner: Beaten by fellow American
John Isner: Beaten by fellow American

Qualifier Harrison, the world number 68, won the second-round clash 6-4 6-4 in one hour 14 minutes.

The big-serving Isner was broken once in each set as his second serve proved a weakness.

Spain's Fernando Verdasco, the fourth seed, also suffered an unexpected loss, as he went down in straight sets to Denis Istomin.

The Uzbek player won 6-3 6-3 as Verdasco failed to create a single break point.

Fifth-seeded German Florian Mayer and Czech Radek Stepanek, seeded five, made it four seeds knocked out of the men's draw today.

Mayer went down 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 to home favourite Bernard Tomic, while Stepanek was forced to retire just seven minutes into his clash with France's Julien Benneteau with the score 0-0.

"I'm serving really well and my groundstrokes are really good, too. I'm moving really well," said Tomic, who clocked a 207 kph serve during the match.

"There is nothing much more I can ask myself at this stage. I think whereas before I got carried away; I started over-thinking.

"Now it's just who I play on that day. I don't look too much ahead now and just focus on who I have to play and play as best as I can. That's what I'm doing."

Third-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi had to fight to see off Australian wild card John Millman 6-2 3-6 6-3.

Spain's Marcel Granollers, the eighth seed, saw off Fabio Fognini 6-2 7-6 (7/4).

Elsewhere, Finland's Jarkko Nieminen beat lucky loser Ivo Klec of Slovakia 6-3 6-1 and South African Kevin Anderson triumphed over Spain's Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-4.

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