Isner advances to French Open fourth round for first time

by: AP May 30, 2014


PARIS (AP)—John Isner became the first American man to reach the French Open's fourth round since 2010, beating 17th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain 7-6 (13), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-5 Friday.

The 10th-seeded Isner is also the first man from the U.S. to get to the final 16 at any Grand Slam tournament since Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish at the 2012 U.S. Open, although Fish withdrew before his fourth-round match.

Isner saved all 13 break points he faced against Robredo, a 2013 quarterfinalist at Roland Garros, where the Spaniard was the first man since 1927 to win three consecutive Grand Slam matches after dropping the first two sets of each.

There was only one service break Friday, and it came with Robredo serving at 5-all in the fourth set.

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