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Isner loses to Dodig in Rogers Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm •  Published: August 4, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — John Isner was upset in his first match for the second straight tournament, losing to Ivan Dodig in the Rogers Cup on Monday night.

The 10th-seeded American had 13 aces in a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3 loss to Dodig in the Croatian's first singles match in more than two months because of a broken rib. Isner managed to win a second-set tiebreak to stay alive, but Dodig earned a big break in the third set to grab control again.

Isner lost 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (6) to countryman Steve Johnson at the Citi Open in Washington on Wednesday, and then complained about his secondary court assignment. The loss to Dodig came on a grandstand court at Rexall Centre.

The match was originally scheduled for the afternoon in the stadium, but rain wreaked havoc on the day's schedule.

"Obviously it was not easy," Dodig said. "It was long day for us, and of course changing the court it's also a little bit like making you to think about it."

Isner was not made available to reporters.

In other night action, 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 (3), 6-1, American qualifier Michael Russell eliminated France's Nicholas Mahut 6-3, 6-3 and Feliciano Lopez beat fellow Spainard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7), 3-6.

The nightcap on center court featured Canadian wild card Peter Polansky beating 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Lleyton Hewitt and Julien Benneteau had to deal with two rain delays during their match earlier in the day. When it was finally over, Benneteau was headed to the second round.

Benneteau advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. The 32-year-old Frenchman to adjust on the fly after the second rain delay, which lasted two hours.

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