Newport, RI (Sports Network) - Top-seeded American favorite Sam Querrey
succumbed to a compatriot, while last year's runner-up, Lleyton Hewitt, was an
easy first-round winner Tuesday at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Tim Smyczek took out the 2009 Newport runner-up Querrey in 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
fashion on the grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and
Museum, while the fourth-seeded former world No. 1 Hewitt humbled fellow
Aussie Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-1.
This week's second seed, 6-foot-10 American John Isner, defeated the former
Wimbledon champion Hewitt in last year's Newport finale for his second
straight title here.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Dutchman Igor Sijsling avoided an opening-round upset
by beating Italian Matteo Viola 6-4, 6-1 and eighth-seeded American Rajeev Ram
routed Swiss qualifier Adrien Bossel 6-2, 6-2, but more upsets came when 6-
foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic decked fifth-seeded Frenchman Edouard Roger-
Vasselin 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, and American Jack Sock topped sixth-seeded Aussie
Marinko Matosevic, 6-2, retired. Ram was the surprise Newport champion in
2009, beating Querrey in an all-American finale.
Also on Day 2, Indian wild card Prakash Amritraj whipped Italian Flavio
Cipolla 6-2, 6-3, Canadian Vasek Pospisil overcame American Denis Kudla
1-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Czech Jan Hernych beat Croatian fellow qualifier Ante Pavic
7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Amritraj was a Newport runner-up in 2008.
The winner of this $520,000 event will claim $78,000.
The Sports Network