Karlovic edges Isner in Acapulco

by: AP February 25, 2014


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.

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