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Haas starts successful defense at Memphis with straight set win

Haas starts successful defense at Memphis with straight set win

Defending champion Tommy Haas of Germany won his opening match of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, defeating Diego Hartfield of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 on Monday.
Haas, a three-time winner of the tournament and the No. 3 seed, served out the match after gaining his third break of the second set.
Hartfield, who defeated Haas two weeks ago in the first round of the Delray Beach International, couldn't overcome a balky backhand, and Haas concentrated on that aspect of Hartfield's game.
Earlier, second-seeded James Blake withdrew due to a right knee problem that has bothered him for the past few weeks. Blake, who also withdrew from last year's tournament, said he didn't believe he could play a competitive match and plans to rest for the next week or two.
Seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria was taken to three sets before defeating American John Isner, who was fighting the flu, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Top-seeded Andy Roddick, coming off his win on Sunday at San Jose, will play his first match on Wednesday.
In the women's Cellular South Cup, fifth-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus, defeated Mashona Washington of the United States 6-4, 6-2. Fourth-seeded Lindsay Davenport was scheduled to face Sabine Lisicki of Germany late Monday.
The women's defending champion Venus Williams opens play on Tuesday against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.


Updated : 2021-02-27 02:48 GMT+08:00