Isner downs Baghdatis at SW19

American 18th seed John Isner beat Marcos Baghdatis to reach the second round at Wimbledon on Thursday.

Isner beat unseeded Cyprian Baghdatis 7-6(2), 7-6(5), 6-3 in a match lasting two hours and 21 minutes on Court Eight.

In the first set things went with serve until Baghdatis dropped his in the eighth game but broke right back a game later for the match to go to a tie-break, which Isner won convincingly 7-2.

Isner dropped serve in the second game of the next set but was able to get the break back in the seventh game. Once again a tie-break followed, which the big-serving American won 7-5 to go two sets up.

In the third set the only break of serve happened in the sixth game as Isner clinched the match and set 6-4. 

Isner will play Australian qualifier Matthew Barton next in the second round after he downed Frenchman Albano Olivetti 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-7(5), 14-12 in a match lasting over four hours.

In other men's first round matches, Mikhail Youzhny of Russia beat Argentina's Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 while French 32nd seed Lucas Pouille got past Marius Copil of Romania 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Donald Young of the US defeated Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in straight sets, winning 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. 

Fabio Fognini of Italy needed just under three hours to defeat Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-4, 1-6, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3 to reach the second round.

In some second round results, unseeded Daniel Evans of Britain caused an upset when beating 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-1 and Spanish 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut reached the third round without hitting a ball when he was awarded a walkover against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

US 28th seed Sam Querrey cruised into the third round after getting past Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. 

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