French Open 2011: Rafael Nadal Squeaks Through Against American Giant Isner
Rafael Nadal, who has lost one match in his career on the grounds of Stade Roland Garros, seemed in imminent danger of squandering away his clay court advantage today in his first round contest against American John Isner.
Nadal took the first set 6-4 and it seemed business as usual for Nadal. The Majorcan went up a break in the second set. But then Isner broke back and held to take it to a tiebreak.
The American scorched Nadal, taking the second set tiebreak 7-2 in convincing fashion.
The two stayed on serve in the third set. Isner forced another tiebreak, dominating again, taking the breaker just as he did in the second set at 7-2.
For the first time in his career, Nadal was extended to five sets. The World No. 1 came back to win the fourth set 6-2 in Nadal-like fashion as the weary legs of Isner began to fail him.
In the fifth set, Nadal went to another level, completely overrunning his American opponent who fought hard but could not reach Nadal again. Nadal took the final set at 6-4.
In the second round, Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar who won his opener today over Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.
Nadal will hope for an easier second round - no doubt about it!!
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