NEWPORT, R.I. — Beating one of his country's top players and the tournament's No. 1 seed meant a lot to Tim Smyczek.
Smyczek defeated fellow American Sam Querrey in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Tuesday on Newport's grass courts.
"I think it's the first time I've ever beaten a No. 1 seed at a tournament. It's definitely a big deal for me," he said. "It was pretty neat to play Sam, who's been one of the top Americans for a long time, somebody I've just tried to catch up to."
Querrey, a 2009 Newport finalist and ranked 21st in the world, was broken in the seventh game by the 120th-ranked Smyczek.
In the tiebreaker, Querrey saved match point twice — both with aces — but hit a backhand return into the net on the final point.
It was the second match this year between the two. Querrey won in straight sets at Indian Wells in March.
In the tiebreaker, Smyczek jumped ahead 3-1 before Querrey battled back, grabbing a 5-4 lead. Trailing 6-5, Querrey had the first of his two match-saving aces.
Querrey had 16 aces to Smyczek's two.
Fourth-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, a runner-up in Newport last year, beat fellow Australian Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-1.
At Stuttgart, Germany, Gael Monfils of France defeated compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6 (0), 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Mercedes Cup.
Monfils had 16 aces to set up a meeting with sixth-seeded Florian Mayer, who defeated another German, Andreas Beck, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Victor Hanescu rallied to beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) in 2 hours, 25 minutes.
The Romanian will next face Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, who defeated seventh-seeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4. It was Rosol's third consecutive loss.
Nikolay Davydenko of Russia rallied to beat Spain's Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4.
Leonardo Mayer of Argentina defeated Spain's Pablo Andujar 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) in 2 hours, 55 minutes.
Fifth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy bounced back from his first-round exit at Wimbledon by defeating Britain's Alexander Ward 6-3, 7-6 (5). Germany's Nils Langer beat countryman Robin Kern 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Ernests Gulbis rallied past Marcel Granollers of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. The Latvian will face top-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany for a place in the quarterfinals.