Johns Creek, Georgia (SportsNetwork.com) - Sixth seed Denis Istomin and eighth seed Marinko Matosevic were a pair of easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Atlanta Open tennis event.
Uzbekistan's Istomin eliminated American lucky loser Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4, while the Australian Matosevic blew past Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos 6-0, 6-2 in a mere 43 minutes on the hardcourts at Atlantic Station.
Also on Day 2, Tim Smyczek drilled wild card and fellow American Ryan Harrison, 6-0, 6-2.
The top seed in Atlanta is 6-foot-10 American, reigning champion and two- time runner-up John Isner, who beat 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson in last year's all-tall finale.
The 2014 Atlanta champ will claim $103,000.