Former Champs Bryans, Blake-Fish to Face Off at ATP Houston

Posted on April 9, 2009

HOUSTON -- Americans John Isner and Wayne Odesnik were winners on Thursday at the US Men's Clay Court Championship, and will face off on Friday for a spot in the semifinals at River Oaks.

Isner outlasted Chile's Paul Capdeville, 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(5), while Odesnik, a semifinalist last year, easily handled 2006 finalist Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-0.

Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt also made quick work of his second round opponent, downing Sergio Roitman 6-1, 6-3. Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez also won easily, downing third seed Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, 2007 champion and current World No. 1 Bob & Mike Bryan defeated countrymen John Isner and Travis Parrott 6-4, 6-2 to set up a semifinal showdown against 2004 champion James Blake & Mardy Fish. That American duo down James Cerretani and Dick Norman 6-3, 7-6(0).

On Thursday, two more Americans have a chance to reach the quarters, as qualifier Scoville Jenkins takes on Bjorn Phau during the day and at night Taylor Dent faces former Top 10er Guillermo Canas.

The 6 p.m. match on Thursday features two former champions, 2004 winner Tommy Haas against defending champion Marcel Granollers.

The players were busy off the court on Thursday. Dent and Ashley Fisher spent time at Texas Children's Hospital, while Blake was honored with the ATP World Tour's Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.
-- U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships