July 29, 2009
Isner ousts No. 7 Becker at LA Tennis Open
American John Isner knocked off Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-6 (8) and 7-6 (3) in the toughest match of Tuesday's opening round at the LA Tennis Open.
Isner had to go to the tie-breaker before finally winning the match over the seventh-seeded Becker and moving on to face Marco Baghdatis of Cyprus.
Baghdatis, a finalist in this year's Australian Open, beat Canadian Frank Dencevich 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Russian Marat Safin rallied to beat Robby Ginepri of the United States 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and will face Ernest Gulbis of Latvia Wednesday.