Posted July 17, 2012 on AP on Fox

TOKYO - OCTOBER 05: Go Soeda of Japan serves in his match against Gael Monfils of France on day two of the Rakuten Open tennis tournament at Ariake Colosseum on October 5, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
Eighth-seeded Go Soeda of Japan overcame a nearly three-hour rain delay to beat Belgium's Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Atlanta Open on Tuesday. Soeda advanced to a second-round clash with Russia's Igor Kunitsyn. Matthew Ebden of Australia held off qualifier Sergei Bubka of Ukraine 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, and will next meet either Ryan Harrison or Jame Blake. Michael Russell came from a set down to beat Alex Kuznetsov 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4), setting up a second-round match with fifth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson. John Isner, the No. 1 seed, and two-time defending champion Mardy Fish, the second seed, will play their first-round matches on Thursday.
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