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3rd-seeded Isner ousted in first match at Memphis

Updated: February 19, 2013, 11:30 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Denis Istomin took advantage of sluggish play by John Isner to eliminate the third-seeded American 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday in the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships.

The victory was Istomin's first win over a top-20 opponent since he defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain, then ranked 18th, in the London Olympics last year.

"I know it's going to be a difficult match for me, and I need to concentrate and take each chance I had," Istomin said. "I did this. I did good. ...

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