Johns Creek, Georgia (SportsNetwork.com) - Robby Ginepri gave John Isner all he could handle in the second round, but the reigning champion at the Atlanta Open pulled out a hard-fought, three-set victory on Thursday.
Isner, seeded No. 1 this week, saved two match points down 4-5 in the third set, wound up winning the game, then won the next two to close out the Georgia native 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 and advance to the quarterfinals.
Isner's victim in last year's final at this hardcourt tournament, Kevin Anderson, was not as fortunate in rainy conditions Thursday. The second-seeded South African fell to Dutch lucky loser Thiemo de Bakker, 6-4, 7-5.
Seventh-seeded Yen-Hsun Lu was also ousted as Benjamin Becker earned a 6-4, 6-3 victory, while eighth-seeded Marinko Matosevic got past American Tim Smyczek, 6-4, 7-5.
This week's champ will claim $103,000.