Houston - Second seed Tommy Haas crashed out
of the US Clay Court Championships in Houston on Thursday, suffering a
straight sets defeat to Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.
veteran - who had inflicted a shock defeat on world number one Novak
Djokovic at the Miami Masters last month - as sent tumbling out 6-3
6-3 at the River Oaks Country Club.
It was just the second time this year the 35-year-old Haas lost his opening match.
started off pretty weird and it didn't really give me that much
confidence for the rest of the match," he said. "I felt if I could've
held serve in the first game then things would've been a little
Berankis said: "I think I had the advantage because
for me it was the second match. For the first clay-court matches it's a
big advantage. I used it well to get my rhythm."
In other matches
on Thursday, Nicolas Almagro continued his dominance of Gael Monfils on
clay by rallying past the former world number seven 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 in
their second round tie.
Almagro, of Spain, has now won three of
five career meetings against the Frenchman, including all three times
they have met on the clay surface.
Almagro finished with three aces, one double fault and won 74 percent of his first-serve points in the 85-minute match.
advances to the third round where he will face Paolo Lorenzi who won an
all-Italian duel by beating Flavio Cipolla 7-6 (7/4), 6-1
Last year's Houston runner-up John Isner was also a second-round winner Thursday.
fifth-seeded six-foot-nine Isner outlasted fellow American Jack Sock
7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3) in 2 1/2 hours. The two big servers combined
for 28 aces, including 15 from Isner.
Also, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo ousted sixth-seeded fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 in 67 minutes.
wild card Rhyne Williams beat Croatian lucky loser Ivo Karlovic 6-4,
6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3). Karlovic lost despite blasting 28 aces to just
seven for Williams.Results on Thursday from the fourth day of the $455 775 ATP US Clay Court Championships (x denotes seeding):
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA x7) bt Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 7-6 (7/4), 6-1
Rhyne Williams (USA) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3)
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x6) 6-3, 6-2
John Isner (USA x5) bt Jack Sock (USA) 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3)
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) bt Tommy Haas (GER x2) 6-3, 6-3
Nicolas Almagro (ESP x1) bt Gael Monfils (FRA) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
Robby Ginepri (USA) bt Martin Alund (ARG) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Juan Monaco (ARG x3) bt Tim Smyczek (USA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1