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  • Last American man falls at French Open

    Jackie Bamberger at Busted Racquet1 day ago

    For the 13th straight year, there will be no American man in the quarterfinals of the French Open.

    John Isner fell to Andy Murray in the fourth round in Paris Sunday, continuing a disappointing run for Americans at Grand Slams.

    The 15th-seeded Isner, known for his towering height and powerful serve, couldn’t keep up with Murray’s quickness, falling in straight sets. Isner is now 1-6 in fourth-round matches at Grand Slams.

    Isner is the lone U.S. representative in the top 20 of the ATP rankings. Jack Sock is the next highest-ranked American at No. 23.

    No American man has won a Grand Slam tournament since Andy Roddick’s 2003 U.S. Open win.

    Meanwhile, on the women’s side, there could be as many as four American women represented in the quarterfinals. Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Madison Keys will all play their fourth-round matches Monday, hoping to join underdog Shelby Rogers.

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  • Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal reach career milestones at French Open

    Jackie Bamberger at Busted Racquet4 days ago

    Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal each added to their impressive resumes Thursday at Roland Garros.

    Djokovic became just the seventh man to record 50 French Open wins, while Nadal earned his 200th victory at a Grand Slam event.

    Djokovic overcame 42 unforced errors to down Belgium’s Steve Darcis and join Nadal, Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl and Nicola Pietrangeli.

    Watch: Djokovic & Darcis moving each other around the court. 👊👊👊 #RG16 https://t.co/N7kvYTjJyq

    The world No. 1 is hoping to join another exclusive club next Sunday. A Roland Garros title would give Djokovic a career Grand Slam, something only seven other men have achieved. Djokovic has made it to the final three out of the past four years, but has continually come up empty.

    Meanwhile, Nadal’s triumph over Facundo Bagnis puts him eighth on the list of career wins at Grand Slams. Djokovic is fifth on that list with 216 career victories. Federer, who pulled out of his first Grand Slam event since 1999, leads the pack with 302 wins.

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  • Andy Murray avoids upset again against unknown at French Open

    Jackie Bamberger at Busted Racquet5 days ago

    One day after staving off a first-round exit, Andy Murray escaped elimination again Wednesday at Roland Garros.

    Murray was taken to five sets for the second time in two matches and, once again, the world No. 2 was forced to dig deep to pull off a 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against Mathias Bourgue.

    The 22-year-old French wild card had no previous matches against a top-50 player. Bourgue was so unknown that he currently has no biography information listed on the ATP’s website.

    After Murray captured the opening set, Bourgue used his stellar drop shot and backhand to fight his way back into the match. He won eight straight games, sending Murray racing all over the court and pulling ahead for a 2-1 lead.

    In the fourth set, Murray’s experience and superior conditioning began to take hold. He marched out to a 6-2 victory and it finally looked like his young opponent was beginning to fade.

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