Spain's David Ferrer and American John Isner both advanced past their opponents on Wednesday, moving to the second round of play at the 2012 U.S. Open in New York. Ferrer, the No. 4 seeded player in the field, dropped South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (3) in straight sets while the No. 9 seed Isner edged his way past Xavier Malisse 6-3, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (9).
Next up, Ferrer can avenge fellow countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who lost his first-round match to Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands.
Isner, the highest-seeded American left in the U.S. Open, will face Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.
Wednesday's performance on Isner's end could be a result of fatigue, as Isner played to the very end of (and won) the tournament in Winsten-Salem, N.C. this past week. He needed upwards of three hours to defeat Malisse, who didn't make a good impression to fans or the umpires on Wednesday, according to the AP.
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