Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Americans Steve Johnson, Donald Young and Jack Sock were first-round winners Friday at the BNP Paribas Open.
The two-time NCAA singles champion Johnson doused Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-3, while the in-form left-hander Young cruised past Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-4 on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Young has now won nine of his last 13 matches on tour, including a trip into a final in Delray Beach last month.
Sock, playing his first match after undergoing hip surgery in mid-December, rallied for a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 7-5 win over Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu.
An American setback came when Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky outlasted Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the California desert.
Alexandr Dolgopolov was also among those advancing as the men concluded first- round play. He fired seven aces in a 6-2, 7-5 win over Canadian qualifier Frank Davcevic.
Dolgopolov became the first Ukrainian to beat a reigning world No. 1 player when he eliminated Rafael Nadal in the third round at Indian Wells last year.
Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who is back in action after a six-week layoff due to a back injury, defeated Denis Kudla, 6-4, 7-5.