Karlovic edges Isner in Acapulco

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

AP

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP)—Third-seeded John Isner became the first upset of the Mexican Open, losing 7-6 (4) 7-6 (5) to Croatia's Ivo Karlovic in the first round Tuesday.

Karlovic served 15 aces and Isner fired eight in a matchup between two of the game's biggest servers that was decided by a record-equaling eighth consecutive tie breaker. The eight straight tie breakers between the pair matches the previous record set by Marat Safin and Ivan Ljubicic.

A visibly upset Isner said after the match ''I'm very disappointed, obviously.''

Joao Sousa of Portugal came back to defeat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to a second-round encounter against the winner of the later match between Andy Murray and Pablo Andujar.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson downed Stephane Robert of France 6-2 , 7-6 (7) and will next play America's Sam Querrey, while Spaniard Feliciano Lopez had a 6-4, 6-2 victory over France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Surging Bellis & Cilic; Federer's "Big 4": What we've learned on grass

Also: Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova have embraced the grass yet again.

In second tournament back, Kvitova reaches semifinals in Birmingham

The two-time Wimbledon champion defeated Kristina Mladenovic, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Dan Evans holds press conference to announce positive cocaine test

"I made a mistake and I must face up to it," said Evans, who reached No. 41 in March.