Russell, Vesely upset seeds in Memphis

by: AP February 10, 2014

AP Photo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—The only two seeded players in action Monday at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championship have been ousted.

Fifth-seeded Marinko Matosevic of Australia lost 6-3, 6-2 to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in an afternoon match. American Michael Russell then defeated Michal Przysiezny of Poland, the tournament's No. 7 seed, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Vesely, ranked 81st in ATP singles, took 1:11 to defeat Matosevic, the 55th-ranked player.

Russell, who had lost his only previous match this year, dominated after dropping the first set. Przysiezny lost for the seventh time in eight matches this year.

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan and second-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain will play their opening match later this week.

More Stories

How will Angelique Kerber fare in 2017?

After a breakthrough 2016, what does the German have in store for us next year? 

Arizona State AD makes commitment to bring back men's tennis

Buffie and Ray Anderson are helping to put Sun Devils men's tennis back on the map. 

Juan Martin del Potro, Delbonis emerge heroic with underrated weapons

The Argentinians have some of the best second serves on the ATP tour.