Top-seeded Sam Querrey tumbles at Hall of Fame tennis tourney

July 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM
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NEWPORT, R.I., July 9 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Sam Querrey took a tumble in first-round play at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Tuesday, falling to fellow American Tim Smyczek.

Querrey, the runner-up at the 2009 Newport event, was upended by Smyczek 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum.

The news was better for fourth-seeded 2012 runner-up Lleyton Hewitt, however, as the Australian overmatched compatriot Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-1.

Hewitt fell in last year's final to two-time defending champ John Isner, seeded second in this year's edition.

Also advancing to the second round Tuesday were No. 2 seed Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, who dispatched Italian Matteo Viola 6-4, 6-1, and eighth-seeded American Rajeev Ram, who breezed past Swiss qualifier Adrien Bossel 6-2, 6-2.

Elsewhere at Newport, fifth-seeded Frenchman Edouard Roger- Vasselin was upended by Croatia's Ivo Karlovic and American Jack Sock downed sixth-seeded Australian Marinko Matosevic, 6-2, retired.

Americans Michael Russell and Alex Kuzentsov, France's Nicolas Mahut, Indian wild card Prakash Amritraj, Canadian Vasek Pospisil and Czech Jan Hernych also moved into the second round with Tuesday victories.

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