Isner, Johnson lead U.S. advance at rainy Cincinnati

Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:30am EDT
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(Reuters) - Big-hitting John Isner and fellow American Steve Johnson did not allow long periods of rain, drizzle and mist to derail their advance at the weather-hit Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Isner powered his way past Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-2, while the bearded Johnson, fresh off his Rio Olympics bronze in the doubles, defeated Argentine left-hander Federico Delbonis

6-4 7-5 to reach the second round of the Masters 1000 event.

U.S. teenager Jared Donaldson is threatening to join them after winning the first set 6-2 against world number four Stan Wawrinka.

The 18-year-old wildcard twice broke the second seed in winning the opening set, helped by a rash of unforced errors from Wawrinka, before the Swiss settled down and swept the first three games of the second set.

Play was then called for the day with the return of more rain.

Rain through the day and into the night plagued the hardcourt run-up to the U.S. Open, leaving four men's matches and three women's contests still to finish to complete the first round.

Double Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray is waiting to face the winner of a match between Juan Monaco of Argentina and Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Monaco leads 6-4 5-3.

American Johnson told Tennis Channel it had been a stop-start day.   Continued...

Aug 16, 2016; Mason, OH, USA; John Isner (USA) returns a shot against Fabio Fognini (ITA) on day four during the Western and Southern tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports