Dodig enjoys upset win over Isner on return from injury

Mon Aug 4, 2014 11:47pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ivan Dodig made a triumphant return from injury with a 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-3 upset victory over 10th seeded American John Isner in the opening round of Rogers Cup on Monday after the Croat missed nearly three months with a broken rib.

Dodig, back on court for the first time since retiring in the opening round of the French Open, showed no sign of rust as he consigned Isner to a second consecutive first round loss.

Twice a winner this season, Isner got his North American hard court campaign off to a confident start by picking up a ninth career title two weeks ago in Atlanta.

However, the big-serving American has been misfiring ever since, suffering an early exit to compatriot Steve Johnson last week in Washington, followed by another shock loss in Toronto.

"I was really happy to play again and to beat Isner is a great win for me for sure," said Dodig, who has watched his world ranking dip to number 62.

"I hope I can continue. I'm just really happy to be again on the court this is most important to me.

"He is the guy who can beat anybody and a great player for many years. Today was tough match for both of us and I was a little bit more lucky this time."

Isner was not the only big name to falter and he was joined in the departure lounge by 14th seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who was dispatched 7-6 (7) 6-3 by compatriot Feliciano Lopez.   Continued...

Aug 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, Canada;  John Isner (USA) hits a forehand against Ivan Dodig (CRO) in the 1st round of The Rogers Cup at Rexall Centre.. Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports