ATP Shanghai Masters: John Isner made to fight while Gael Monfils progresses with ease
John Isner battled back from a set down to beat qualifier Santiago Giraldo in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters.
Last Updated: 21/10/13 10:08am
The American 14th seed was able to dodge heavy rain and swirling winds under the closed roof as a typhoon hit the Qizhong Tennis Centre, but he struggled to impose himself on the 83rd-ranked Colombian.
The six foot 10 inch Isner - renowned for his heavy serve - lost the first set 6-4, before wrestling his way back in the second, winning 7-5 after finally taking a seventh set point.
Isner, who fired 29 aces, broke Giraldo in the 12th game of the decider to take it 7-5 and progress to the second round.
It was an easier ride for Frenchman Gael Monfils, who dismissed Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito 6-2, 6-3 to reach the next stage, where he will face the winner of the match between Richard Gasquet and Vasek Pospisil.
Earlier in the day, Spain's Marcel Granollers was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who struggled his way through with a left ankle problem.
Last out on court was 11th seed Tommy Haas, who defeated American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 to advance in China.
The top eight seeds - including Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Roger Federer - in Shanghai all have a bye through to the second round.
With time to spare, World No 5 Federer turned his hand to doubles, teaming with China's Zhang Ze to beat Kevin Anderson and Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 6-1.