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Varvara Lepchenko
John Isner, Sam Querrey are rays of hope for U.S. men's tennis
John Isner, Sam Querrey are rays of hope for U.S. men's tennis

The dark clouds that have hung over U.S. men's tennis for a while now lifted just a bit Thursday. Think of it mostly as the sun peeking through. The highest-ranked U.S. male, big-serving, 6-foot-9 John Isner, cruised through to the third round and was joined there a short time later by the rebounding Sam Querrey. No. 13 Isner beat German Jan-Lennard Struff, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2. Unseeded Querrey, No. 57 and only the fifth-highest rated U.S. male player, beat a seeded player, Spain's No. 28 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Those rated between Isner and Querrey — Donald Young, Jack Sock and Steve Johnson — all have been eliminated. And by way of comparison, while...

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