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[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column]  ISNER REACHES SECOND STRAIGHT SEMI IN DELRAY BEACH [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"] Top Seed Joined By Former Champs Haas and Gulbis in Semifinals by Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Top-seeded John Isner ended Kevin Anderson’s bid to win back-to-back titles Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Isner’s 6-2, 7-6(1) win avenged a loss in last year’s ITC semifinals to Anderson, who was the defending champion. Isner will face Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who ousted Ricardas Berankis in straight sets, in a semifinal Saturday night. The other semifinal Saturday afternoon will pair qualifier Ernests Gulbis against No. 2 seed Tommy Haas. Isner, ranked No. 15 in the world, registered 17 aces, had only one double fault and won 76 percent of his service points to reach his second semifinal of the year. Three of his aces came in the second-set...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] Gulbis Makes It Two Former Champs Into Semis [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]by Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tommy Haas and Ernests Gulbis, two former champions at the Delray Beach ITC, will square off against each other on Saturday after winning their respective quarterfinal matches Friday afternoon at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Both players reached the semifinals in distinctively different matches Friday, with No. 2 seed Haas needing three sets to get past Ivan Dodig 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-1 after qualifier Gulbis breezed to a straight-set win that took less than an hour. The Haas-Dodig match was a roller-coaster ride that was filled with dramatic twists and turns, particularly in the first set when Dodig won five consecutive games after Haas led 4-0. Dodig had two set points, but Haas broke serve to knot the set at 5-all and switch the momentum back to...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] ISNER AND ANDERSON TO MEET IN QUARTERFINAL [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Haas Reaches Quarterfinal, Querrey Upset by Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The reigning champion and this year’s No. 1 seed stayed on course for a showdown against each other by winning their respective matches Thursday night at the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Top-seeded American John Isner ousted Go Soeda of Japan in straight sets in the nightcap after South African Kevin Anderson, the defending Delray Beach ITC champion and No. 6 seed here this year, advanced with a three-set victory against Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei. That was a reversal of fortune compared to the afternoon session when two seeded players – No. 3 Sam Querrey and No. 8 Xavier Malisse – lost their second-round matches. Isner, ranked No. 15 in the world, lost in the first round at Memphis last week but...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] Gublis Hot: [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]INTO THE QUARTERFINALS GULBIS STUNS QUERREY, HAAS IS IN By Steve Dorsey The biggest upset was registered by Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, the No. 109-ranked player in the world who sent No. 23-ranked Sam Querrey, the No. 3 seed here, to an early exit with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4) win. Earlier in the day, No. 8 seed Xavier Malisse lost to qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava. Tommy Haas, the No. 2 seed, breezed into the quarterfinals, but four of the eight seeds here have been ousted in the first two rounds. Querrey appeared to be on his way to the quarterfinals when he broke serve twice and led 4-0 in the third set, but Gulbis didn’t quit and pulled off the comeback upset when Querrey double-faulted on match point for the eighth time in the match. Gulbis displayed his emotions when he slammed...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] ISNER ACES FIRST ROUND TEST [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Sock, Anderson, Haas Into Second Round; Nishikori Retires by Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Top seed John Isner survived a strong challenge in his opening match Tuesday, but the injury bug has played havoc with the first round of the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the No. 16-ranked player in the world and the No. 4 seed at the Delray Beach ITC, was forced to retire Tuesday night, trailing 5-4 to Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic in the first set, because of a left abdominal injury. Isner had to overcome a different obstacle, needing all of his 28 aces to oust upset-minded Canadian Jesse Levine 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 in a compelling nightcap that concluded the first round of play. Levine, who now resides in nearby Boca Raton and is ranked No. 95, was not an...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] Return to Form: [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]A Recommitted Gulbis set to take on No. 3 seed Querrey by By Romana Cvitkovic In the featured Wednesday evening match, No. 3 seed Sam Querrey will take on one of the trickiest opponents on Tour, 2010 ITC champ Ernests Gulbis in the second round. Though Gulbis may currently sit at No. 109 in the rankings, the 24-year-old Latvian held a career-high ranking of 21 exactly two years ago. It has also been two years since he last played against Querrey, and he will be looking to even out his current losing head-to-head against the American, 1-2. Controversial and outspoken, yet a solid player when he aims to be, Gulbis has started the year off with a vengeance. He skipped the Australian Open in order to better prepare for the season, and has had to come through qualifying in Delray this...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] American Duo Shine: [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Sock and Blake to take on No. 3 seed Fleming and Peers by By Romana Cvitkovic The American tandem of Jack Sock and James Blake will open up their doubles campaign against No. 3 seeds Colin Fleming and John Peers on Wednesday. In just their first tournament as a team last week, rising American star Jack Sock and veteran James Blake made the men’s doubles final of the Memphis tournament, en route defeating the No. 2 and 3 seeds. Receiving a wildcard into both Memphis and Delray, the Americans have found good chemistry in their partnership and will look to hoist their first trophy as a team this week. Sock, 20, currently sits at a career-high singles ranking of 130 and achieved his best singles showing by reaching the quarterfinals in Memphis last week, defeating, coincidentally, his doubles partner James Blake....

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] SOCK AND HAAS INTO SECOND ROUND [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Young American Sock, German Veteran Highlight Tuesday Afternoon Play by Steve Dorsey Andy Roddick has retired, and many are wondering if Jack Sock could be the future face of American tennis. That question was posed to Sock following his first-round straight-sets victory Tuesday afternoon at the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach ITC. “I get asked that question a lot and I give the same answer every time,” said the 20-year-old Sock, who advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Australian Matthew Ebden. “Yeah, I’m a young American coming up, but there’s a bunch of others around my age. We’re all trying to do our best to get American tennis back on the map and back to the top.” Sock’s stock jumped last week in Memphis after he upset Milos Raonic, who is ranked No....

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] College Rivalry Revisited: Top Seed Isner takes on Levine [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]By Romana Cvitkovic World No. 15 and this year’s top seed, John Isner will begin his campaign for his first Delray Beach ITC title as he takes on Canadian Jesse Levine in the first round on Tuesday evening. The two players first met on court in 2007 when Levine, a freshman at the University of Florida, defeated the then-No. 1 ranked college tennis player in the country, John Isner, who was a senior at the University of Georgia. Since then, Isner has exacted his revenge, holding a 2-1 record over Levine in Tour play. Their latest encounter came at this exact stage in last year’s tournament where the American won 6-4, 7-6(15). After finishing the last three years ranked inside the top 20 and becoming the top-ranked American for the first time at the...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] European Clash: 2006 Delray Beach ITC champ Haas meets Sijsling in opener [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]By Romana Cvitkovic Returning for a seventh time to Delray Beach, 2006 ITC champion and this year’s No. 2 seed Tommy Haas will take on 25-year-old Dutchman Igor Sijsling in the opening round of play. Tuesday’s match will mark only the second time these two players have met, with Haas winning their first encounter on the hard courts of Auckland earlier this year, 6-3, 6-4. Sitting comfortably at world No. 19, the 34-year-old Haas is a bit of a legend among active players. Still as enthusiastic about tennis as when he first arrived on the ATP World Tour as a teenager, the German boasts an impressive 505 career wins. But life on Tour – thanks in part to injury and surgery – wasn’t always so easy for the 16-year veteran. After his...