Feliciano Lopez won his debut match in Houston on Wednesday by stopping Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6(4). The Spaniard, ranked No. 15 in the world, fired 13 aces during the match and rallied from 1-4 in the first set at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships at the River Oaks Country Club.
Seven Americans have reached the second round at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships, the most since 2005.
Top seeds Mardy Fish, John Isner and Juan Monaco. Swing into action on Thursday. All three had opening round byes.
With his win, Carlos Berlocq is now tied with David Ferrer for second most clay court wins during the 2012 season 12. Nicolas Almagro boasts a 14-2 record on the surface. Ferrer is 12-0 while Berlocq has moved to 12-4. Berlocq has reached his fifth consecutive clay tournament quarterfinal in 2012, while Feliciano Lopez is through to his first quarterfinal of the year. Lopez, who was making his clay court debut for the season, brings a 1-0 head-to-head advantage into their Friday quarterfinal match.
RESULTS – MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
SINGLES FIRST ROUND
Joao Souza (BRA) d [WC] Kevin Anderson (RSA) 63 64
Ryan Harrison (USA) d  Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 46 63 64
Bobby Reynolds (USA) d  Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 76(5) 26 63
SINGLES SECOND ROUND
[WC] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 64 76(4)
 Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d Bjorn Phau (GER) 61 60
DOUBLES FIRST ROUND
Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) & Dominic Inglot (GBR) d Tasuma Ito (JPN) & Go Soeda (JPN) 64 76(6)
James Blake (USA) & Sam Querrey (USA) d Joao Souza (BRA) & Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 26 76(10) 10-8
[WC] Bobby Reynolds (USA) and Michael Russell (USA) d James Cerretani (USA) & John Paul Fruttero (USA) 63 63
 Johan Brunstrom (SWE) & Dick Norman (BEL) d Jamie Delgado (GBR) & Ken Skupski (GBR) 64 67(6) 10-5
 Mark Knowles (BAH) & Xavier Malisse (BEL) d Martin Emmerich (GER) & Andreas Siljestrom (SWE) 57 62 10-6
ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
Stadium Court start 12:00 pm
 Michael Kohlmann (GER) & Alexander Waske (GER) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) & Frank Moser (GER)
[WC] Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
Not Before 4:00 pm
 Mardy Fish (USA) vs [Q] Michael Russell (USA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[Q] Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs  John Isner (USA)
Bobby Reynolds (USA) & Michael Russell (USA) vs  Johan Brunstrom (SWE) & Dick Norman (BEL)
Court 3 start 12:00 pm
Sam Querrey (USA) vs [WC] Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Bobby Reynolds (USA) vs Ryan Sweeting (USA)
 Alex Bogomolov Jr (RUS) & Scott Lipsky (USA) vs James Blake (USA) & Sam Querrey (USA)
Igor Kuntisyn (RUS) vs Ryan Harrison (USA)
Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) & Dominic Inglot (GBR) vs  Mark Knowles (BAH) & Xavier Malisse (BEL)
Singles Main Draw
Doubles Main Draw
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