Posted: Tuesday February 12, 2013 1:03 AM

No. 8 seed Malisse advances at SAP Open.

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Xavier Malisse smashed 18 aces in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory against Go Soeda in the first-round of the SAP Open on Monday night.

Malisse, the eighth seed from Belgium, said he was a little rusty in his first tournament since the Australian Open, where he reached the Round of 64. His serve was working, though, with nine aces in the first set. He even recorded a handful with his second serve.

Malisse is looking for his first title in six years.

Soeda, from Japan, won the Hawaii Challenger in January and played in his sixth tournament.

Canada's Jesse Levine and American Bradley Klahn are scheduled to play later.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Draft Yasiel Puig NHL Playoffs NBA Playoffs Mark Cuban Jabari Parker
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint