WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tommy Robredo became the first high seed eliminated at the Winston-Salem Open, falling to France’s Nicolas Mahut 6-1, 7-6 (7-0) in the second round Tuesday.
Robredo, the tournament’s third seed, had his serve broken three times in the first set by the 104th-ranked Mahut, who then took four mini-breaks from Robredo in winning the second-set tiebreaker.
“I knew he was in for a tough week after Cincinnati,” Mahut said of Robredo, who had upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in advancing to the quarterfinals of last week’s Western and Southern Open.
“I knew if I had a good start, it would be difficult for him. The second set was tougher, but it was still a good finish. I had to play more aggressive in the tiebreak, but it was still good.”
Two other top seeds also lost in the second round in the final tuneup for next week’s U.S. Open. Fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina was beaten by Belgian qualifier David Goffin 6-3, 6-1, and Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz upset sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Goffin, who won his first ATP Tour event last month in Kitzbuhel, Austria, extended his winning streak to 24 matches. That includes ATP Challenger Tour event wins in the Netherlands, Poland and Finland.
In an earlier match, No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa had to overcome a shaky second set to beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
The 6-foot-8 Anderson, ranked 20th in the world, served 16 aces and almost as many service winners. Mannarino used his ground game to force Anderson into 24 errors in the second set, breaking his serve twice en route to taking the set and evening the match at 1-all. But Anderson got a key service break in the seventh game of the third set, and closed out the match with two aces and a service winner in the deciding game.
In other matches, Sam Querrey beat fellow American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3; Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France defeated Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (5-7), 6-4; Donald Young of the United States beat Canada’s Frank Dancevic 6-1, 6-3; Italy’s Andreas Seppi downed Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2; Spain’s Marcel Granollers beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-3; and Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin defeated Robin Haase of the Netherlands 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Among those playing later are 15th-ranked American John Isner, the tournament’s top seed and two-time winner.
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