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[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...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] QUERREY MOVES ON [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Dodig Rebounds To Oust No. 5 Seed Dolgopolov By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – It didn’t take long for the first upset to occur at the 2013 Delray Beach ITC. The first day of action at the ATP World Tour event saw the first seeded player quickly exit the tournament when Ivan Dodig of Croatia defeated No. 5 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in straight sets Monday night. Dolgopolov, who is ranked No. 22 in the world, was making his Delray Beach ITC debut, but Dodig made it short-lived, winning 6-3, 6-3. Dodig, who is ranked No. 62 on the ATP Tour, registered the first-round upset in the third match of the tournament to improve his record in Delray Beach to 4-2. “It was a little bit strange coming from playing indoors to outdoors,” said Dodig, who lost his first-round...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] MALISSE MOVES ON [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]All-Time Delray Beach Wins Leader Gets 1st Round Win By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Xavier Malisse says he does not consume himself with rankings much, but he admitted Monday that he’s a little surprised he’s ranked No. 50 entering this week’s ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach ITC tournament. That’s something, he said, that could extend his career, especially if he plays well here this week. “This could be my last year, but at the end of the year if I’m still at 50 or in the top 100, we’ll see,” Malisse said after breezing to a 6-3, 6-3 first-round victory Monday afternoon. “I mean, I still enjoy playing, but I never thought I’d be (ranked) 50 right now.” Malisse, who won the Delray Beach ITC title in 2005 and ’07 – sandwiched around a loss in the finals to...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] The Bryan Brothers have pulled out of the Delray Beach ITC [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"] Due to shoulder soreness that Mike is experiencing following their win in the Memphis final Sunday. Mike & Bob informed the Delray Beach ITC that they intend to use the week to rest the shoulder.“Obviously we are disappointed, and we know that our fans will be disappointed,” said tournament director Mark Baron. “The Bryans are always one of the highlights of our tournament, but we hope to have them back here in Delray Beach next year." [/column][spacer size="5"]...