Washington, DC (Sports Network) - John Isner moved on, while fifth-seeded
Gilles Simon was knocked off Wednesday at the rain-shortened $1.3 million
Citi Open tennis event.
Isner had his hands full with Alex Kuznetsov, but prevailed 7-6 (7-2), 7-6
(7-4) on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.
Simon felt the sting of defeat to Dmitry Tursunov, as the Russian claimed a
6-4, 6-2 victory.
Mardy Fish kept the dream of a U.S. champion alive by taking down 12-
seed Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5.
Third-seeded Tommy Haas had his match with Tim Smyczek interrupted by the
downpours. Haas dropped the opening set, 3-6, before recovering to win the
second 7-5 and led 1-0 in the third when play was finally halted.
Kevin Anderson, the seven-seed, was on the verge of moving on, leading James
Duckworth 6-3, 3-6, 5-4.
Top seed Juan Martin del Potro never got to see the court, with his planned
match against Ryan Harrison set to be the marquee contest Wednesday night. The
other match shelved due to weather was Jack Sock and Kei Nishikori.
Tenth-seeded French left-hander Michael Llodra was promptly sent packing by
Czech veteran and 2011 D.C. champion Radek Stepanek, 6-2, 6-1, on Day 3.
In other completed matches, Ivan Dodig needed three sets to dispatch Tobias
Kamke, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The 2013 Citi Open champ will collect $292,200.
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