Roddick and Isner both win, and will meet in round 3.

Davis Cup teammates Andy Roddick and John Isner will face off in the third round after they posted back-to-back wins on Stadium One, Sunday afternoon.  Roddick broke Blake to go up 6-5 in the second set and proceeded to clinch the 6-3, 7-5 victory with his 13th ace. It was his eighth win in 11 matches against his countryman, a former World No. 4 who has dropped to a No. 158 ranking after an injury-plagued 2010 season. In the first match of the day, the 30th-ranked Isner fired 12 aces to defeat Brazilian Ricardo Mello 6-3, 7-6(2). Isner had lost four of his past five matches coming into the year’s first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, and hoped to turn things around with a strong showing in Indian Wells. “I want to have a great result here,” he said. “I haven’t been playing that well, and hitting the right shots at the right time has just been sort of a struggle. But I know coming here and playing on this surface and this environment is very good for my game. So this tournament, for me, is coming at the right time.”

Roddick, a finalist in Indian Wells last year (l. to Ljubicic), has a 2-1 record against Isner but lost their most recent meeting in 2009 at the US Open; Isner prevailed in a fifth-set tie-break after three hours and 11 minutes of play.

A pair of Frenchmen won their opening matches early Sunday afternoon. No. 18 Richard Gasquet converted on two of three break points in a 7-5, 6-3 win over Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas, while No. 24 Michael Llodra beat Colombian Santiago Giraldo 7-6(6), 6-4. Llodra next meets 16th-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Australian wild card Bernard Tomic. Llodra and Troicki met in the decisive fifth rubber of last year’s Davis Cup Final, a match Troicki won in straight sets to clinch Serbia’s first Davis Cup title.


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