JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat No. 5 seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Atlanta Tennis Championships on Tuesday night.
No. 7 seed Xavier Malisse of Belgium advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory over Ryan Sweeting. The last time the Atlanta Athletic Club hosted an event, in 2001, Malisse advanced to the final before losing to Andy Roddick.
Americans Taylor Dent, Donald Young and Robby Ginepri also won, while Gilles Muller of Luxembourg will face No. 2 seed John Isner in the second round Wednesday after beating Michal Przysiezny of Poland 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4).
Ginepri, who beat Nick Lindahl of Australia 7-6 (4), 6-2, will face No. 6 seed Mardy Fish in the second round.
Dent overcame 13 double-faults to beat James Blake 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. He plays No. 4 seed Horacio Zeballos of Argentina on Wednesday.
Young, who will play Anderson, beat Dudi Sela of Israel 7-5, 6-0.
Second-round matches on Thursday include Roddick, the No. 1 seed, facing Rajeev Ram, No. 3 seed Lleyton Hewitt of Australia playing Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, and Malisse against Illya Marchenko of Ukraine.
Lacko Lacko beat Igor Kunitsyn of Russia 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).