Nadal comes back to beat Isner at French Open

Updated: 2011-05-25 09:46


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Nadal comes back to beat Isner at French Open
Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to John Isner of the US during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 24, 2011. [Photo/Agencies] 

Nadal's bid to equal Bjorn Borg's record of six championships at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament nearly came to a too-abrupt-to-believe halt.


- Nadal entered the day 38-1 at the French Open, his only loss coming to two-time finalist Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

- Isner's career in Paris before Tuesday? One first-round exit and one trip to the third round, for a 2-2 record.

- Nadal is ranked No 1 and owns nine Grand Slam titles.

- Isner is ranked 39th and never has been past the fourth at a major tournament. He's best known to date for winning the longest match in tennis history, 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon last year, and setting a record with 113 aces in that marathon.

- Until the first of Tuesday's two tiebreakers, Nadal hadn't lost a single set at the French Open since 2009. And he hadn't lost a set in any of 12 previous first- or second-round matches in the tournament.


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