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Tennis Briefs: Isner Wins, Agassi Apologizes

March 15, 2010 07:00 PM
 

 Sam Querrey and John Isner

Isner Advances, Beating Davis Cup Partner Querrey


Florida's John Isner beat Davis Cup partner Sam Querrey 7-6(3), 6-4 on Monday night at Indian Wells, setting up a Wednesday first-time meeting with Rafael Nadal.

Nadal is playing only his third event of the year after suffering through knee problems. He lost in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open to Andy Murray, and in the final of Doha to Nikolay Davydenko. On Monday Nadal easily defeated Mario Ancic to advance.

"I am playing enough well to try to have a good result here, and that's what I gonna try, no?" Nadal said. "If not, I gonna keep working because I'm in the right way. I started the season playing really well, so I was very happy how I started. Later I have the problem with the knee. But for me, seriously, the last four months of the last year was tough for me, because I didn't see the way how to play well because I had problem and was difficult to get the rhythm. But now, no. Now, no. I started playing the season really well and feeling on the top level another time in my game. You know, when you get a little bit injury, seems like you have to start another time. But I think I am well. That's important."

Nadal brought out his fashion side on Monday, wearing funky-patterned brown and white shorts and a shirt with pink highlights, an outfit he seemed unsure of.

"It's more different than usual. That's the thing, no?" Nadal said. "It was a little bit fashion for me. Is too much, a little bit for me, but going to be for this tournament."

Americans in action Tuesday at Indian Wells are former Florida resident Mike Russell against No. 4 seed Andy Murray, No. 7 Andy Roddick vs. Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands, and Isner's fellow Saddlebrook-area resident James Blake vs. Spain's Nicolas Almagro.

Agassi Apologizes for Sampras Barbs

It is all fun and games -- until somebody gets personal.

Andre Agassi told ESPN.com yesterday he was sorry for the personal attack on rival Pete Sampras during the Hit for Haiti exhibition on Friday at Indian Wells, where at one point Agassi did an "imitation" of Sampras by turning his pockets inside-out and intoning Sampras was "cheap," as he has mentioned in his recent autobiography "Open," calling him a poor tipper.

At one point during the exhibition, Sampras launched a serve at Agassi's head, though both had smiles on their faces.

"It was out of line," Agassi told ESPN.com on Monday. "It was inappropriate. The night was on fire. We were all having fun. I was trying to be comedic. I only had a split second to make a decision. I went for it and it fell flat. I was trying to get past it, but Pete didn't really let me get past it. He didn't really roll with it. I've texted Pete to ask him if I can apologize in person...The joke fell flat and I'm sorry. My hope was that the night was still enjoyable."
 

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