Isner overcomes Rochus in opener

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American John Isner literally fired his way through to the sec0nd round as he produced 24 aces on his way to victory against Belgian Olivier Rochus, winning 7-6 (1)  6-4.

With no breaks of serve, the first set went into a tiebreak. As Isner stormed to a 5-0 lead, there was no way back for the Belgian.

Isner secured himself a crucial break at the beginning of the second set and holding his serve till the end, he set up a second round encounter against Tunisian Malek Jaziri, who ousted Yen-Hsun Lu in three sets 7-6 (10)  4-6  6-3.

The big surprise of the day came in the match between Czech Tomas Berdych and Steve Darcis, the Belgian prevailing 6-4  6-4. 14th seed Fernando Verdasco also bowed out of the tournament after Denis Istomin dismissed him in straight sets 6-4  7-6 (9).

In the other first round matches, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria beat Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-3  7-6 (4) and Philipp Petzschner ousted Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 7-6 (5)  6-1.

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