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Harrison Beats Isner in Sydney; Tomic Downs Mayer

World No. 68 Ryan Harrison beat fellow American John Isner, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of Sydney. The 13th-ranked American Isner said after the match that he’s been suffering from a bone bruise to the knee, and suggested that his presence at the Australian Open is in doubt.

Isner is just 2-6 since the US Open.

Aussie Bernard Tomic rolled through his match against World No. 28 Florian Mayer, 6-7(4), 6-2, striking 14 aces, 34 winners, and just 16 unforced errors.

“[Mayer’s] one player I don’t like playing,” Tomic said. “For me he was a very difficult opponent the last few years that I faced. I’m just happy I won. I was confident playing him. I played well.”

The Aussie said he’d worked a great deal on his serve during the offseason.

“The serve is really my key where I’ve changed everything probably the last few weeks, as well as my attitude. I hit a lot serves, a lot of specific target practice on the serve. You know, it requires a lot of work. It’s really boring to just sit out there and just serve and serve. It’s a very strange task. But I put a lot hours into that serve, and now players are finding it difficult. I’m happy the way I’m serving today in particular and over the past week.”

Denis Istomin, Kevin Anderson, Marcel Granollers, Andreas Seppi, and Jarkko Nieminen all earned second round wins, while Julien Benneteau advanced with a walkover from Radek Stepanek.

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