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John Isner ended his six-match losing streak in five-setters, coming back to beat Ryan Harrison 5-7, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1, 8-6 in all-American matchup in the French Open's second round.
It's the first time in Isner's career he has come back to win a match after dropping the first two sets.
The 19th-seeded Isner - best known for winning the longest match in tennis history, 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010 - lost in five sets at each of last year's four Grand Slam tournaments. That includes an 18-16 defeat in the second round at Roland Garros against 261st-ranked Paul-Henri Mathieu across more than 5 1/2 hours.
The victory Friday over the 92nd-ranked Harrison was quick by comparison, lasting 3 hours, 50 minutes.
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John Isner's career, so far anyway, is defined by what he's done in five-set matches.
Mainly, of course, the all-sorts-of-records-breaking 70-68 win at Wimbledon in 2010. He's also the only man to push seven-time champion Rafael Nadal the distance at the French Open, in 2011's first round. And Isner's 18-16 loss at Roland Garros a year ago was part of a rough...
(May 31, 2013) American John Isner ended his six-match losing streak in five-set match, and for the first time in his career came back from two sets to none down to top countryman Ryan Harrison 5-7, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1, 8-6 to move into the French Open third round on Friday. The No. 19 see [...]
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