Winston – Salem, NC (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Andy Roddick and local round victories Tuesday at the inaugural Salem Open.
Roddick had a bye into the second round and easily defeated Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, needing only 73 minutes to record a 6-2, 6-4 victory. The American star fired 11 aces in the win.
The 6-foot-9 fourth-seeded Isner, a native of nearby Greensboro, North Carolina, swatted 17 aces in getting past Israeli Dudi Sela 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 on the hardcourts at Wake Forest University.
Third-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov advanced after recording a 6-4, 6-4 win against Argentine Carlos Berlocq, while fifth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko moved on with a 6-2, 6-2 pasting of American qualifier Michael Russell.
Additional second-round wins came for 13th-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen, 14th- seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Japanese qualifier Kei Nishikori. Nieminen outlasted Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, while the promising Dimitrov topped once-promising American wild card Donald Young 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2). Nishikori upset 12th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Canadian lucky-loser Pierre-Ludovic Duclos surprised up-and-coming American Ryan Harrison 7-5, 7-5 on Day 3. The 25-year-old Duclos, ranked 323rd in the world, replaced sixth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson in the draw.
The winner of this final U.S. Open tuneup will collect $74,630.