At No. 163 in the world, American James Blake is fighting for ranking points these days on the ATP World Tour. This week heâ€™s in Houston playing the US menâ€™s Clay court Championship. Blake had not played a clay court since October of 2009. Tuesday night the James Blake and Carlos Berlocq match was delayed for 54 minutes with Blake serving at 30-40 up 4-2 in the second set by a power outage in the stadium. Despite the lack of clay play and the blackout, Blake squeaked out a 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4 victory for his first win on clay since May 2009 in Madrid. Blake is now 6-0 in first round matches in 2011.
2007 Houston champion Ivo Karlovic has a nine-match winning streak in Houston. He won five matches in 2007, three in this year’s qualifying matches along with Tuesdayâ€™s win over Germanyâ€™s Benjamin Becker 7-6(5), Â 6-4.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori is involved with two efforts to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief in his home country. The two projects are an online auction of tennis memorbilia and experiences and through donations to the Red Cross on his Facebook page.
Top seed and No. 1 ranked American and 2006 champion Mardy Fish will take to the court on Thursday as he will battle Spain’s Albert Ramos.
RESULTS – TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011
Singles First Round
[Q] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d  Benjamin Becker (GER) 76(5) 64
 Kei Nishikori (JPN) d [Q] Franco Skugor (CRO) 63 62
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) 64 63
[WC] James Blake (USA) d Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 67(3) 63 64
Somdev Devvarman (IND) d Robert Kendrick (USA) 62 61
[WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA) d [Q] Tim Smyzcek (USA) 62 62
Albert Ramos (ESP) d Brian Dabul (ESP) 64 75
Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) d Mischa Zverev (GER) 76(1) 62
[Q] Paul Capdeville (CHI) d Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 64 76(4)
Doubles First Round
 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d James Cerretani (USA) / Adil Shamasdin (CAN) 60 62
 Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO) d Ashley Fisher (AUS) / Stephen Huss (AUS) 75 76(4)
Pablo Cuevas (URU) / Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d  Scott Lipsky (USA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) 63 63
John Isner (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) d Benjamin Becker (GER) / Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) 61 76(2)
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Ricardo Mello (BRA) d Jonathan Erlich (ISR) / Rainer Schuettler (GER) 76(4) 63
Travis Rettenmaier (USA) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) / Ryan Sweeting (USA) 61 61
ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
[Q] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
Not Before 4:00 PM
 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Ricardo Mello (BRA)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs  Sam Querrey (USA)
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs  John Isner (USA)