Stanislas Wawrinka, Simon Greul advance to second round at Japan OpenBy AP
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wawrinka, Greul advance to 2nd round at Japan Open
TOKYO — Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland defeated American John Isner 6-4, 6-4 on Monday in the first round of the Japan Open.
Seventh-seeded Wawrinka converted five of seven break point opportunities in the match that lasted 1 hour, 33 minutes at Ariake Colosseum.
Germany’s Simon Greul defeated Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. He is appearing in Tokyo for the first time since 2006, when he made a first round exit against Takao Suzuki.
Greul will face Wawrinka in the second round.
Top-ranked Roger Federer pulled out of the $1.2 million event, citing fatigue, along with third-ranked Andy Murray of Britain, who withdrew because of a wrist injury.
Fifth-ranked Juan Martin del Potro, the U.S. Open champion, is top-seeded in the singles draw and will play his first match on Tuesday against qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France. Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic is the defending champion.