American men, seeded and not, took a hit on Saturday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, compiling an 0-5 record on the day, with all five of those matches lost in three sets. ADHEREL
No. 27 seed Mardy Fish was the highest-ranked loser in second-round play, dropping a tight 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-2 contest against Chilean veteran Nicolas Massu. A bad match-up for the American, Massu led their head-to-head 2-1 entering the contest, with wins on hardcourt and clay.
Sam Querrey won the first set against No. 32 seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, but could not close out the mirror-gazing Spaniard in a 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2 final tally.
John Isner had problems serving on the windy Saturday, extending No. 11 seed David Ferrer in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 loss.
Bobby Reynolds was another American three-set victim, outlasted by the hot-handed No. 18-seeded Czech Radek “The Worm” Stepanek 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-2.
American Amer Delic ended the day with a three-set loss to No. 17 seed Marin Cilic.
All Top 10 seeds in action advanced on the day in Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, and Fernando Verdasco.
Richard Gasquet withdrew from the event with injury.
Hope for the U.S. improve on Sunday with Andy Roddick, James Blake and Taylor Dent in action.
Matches Sunday include (5) Andy Roddick vs. (25) Dmitry Tursunov, (2) Roger Federer vs. (28) Nicolas Kiefer, (13) James Blake vs. (21) Tomas Berdych, (15) Tommy Robredo vs. (Q) Taylor Dent, and (22) Marat Safin vs. (9) Gael Monfils.
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