Nishikori, Isner win openers in Flushing
Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - No. 10 seed Kei Nishikori and American hopeful John Isner were a pair of first-round winners on Day 2 at the U.S. Open.
The Japanese star Nishikori stifled American journeyman Wayne Odesnik 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in just over two hours on the hardcourts at the National Tennis Center.
Nishikori, who became the first-ever Japanese player to crack the Top 10 earlier this year, missed the U.S. Open tune-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a toe injury.
Odesnik received a wild card into the Open, his first appearance here in five years, after serving a year-long ban for getting caught with human growth hormone.
The 13th-seeded 6-foot-10 Isner launched 26 aces in a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory over fellow American Marcos Giron at Ashe Stadium.
Meanwhile, 15th-seeded fiery Italian Fabio Fognini foiled Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
In other play involving seeds, No. 25 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic fired 24 aces in beating Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, No. 28 Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez topped Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, and 17-year-old Croat Borna Coric took out No. 29 Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Rosol was fresh off his hardcourt title in North Carolina.
In other matches featuring Americans, Sam Querrey outlasted Argentine Maximo Gonzalez 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in just under three hours and Spaniard Pablo Andujar was leading Jack Sock 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 when Sock retired with an injury.
08/26 15:54:25 ET