Russell tops Fish in US Men's Clay Court

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Qualifier Michael Russell took advantage of the ailing Mardy Fish for a 6-3, 6-1 victory Thursday in the second round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

Fish, the top seed in the tournament and ranked ninth in the world, was playing for the first time since pulling out of Davis Cup competition against France for what he called a health issue.

Second-seeded John Isner faced Argentina's Horacio Zeballos later Thursday in a second-round match.