It's rare to be talking about two American men having an incredible match on clay, but that is exactly what happened on Friday at Roland Garros. No. 19 John Isner, who has only made it to the third round once at the French Open before Friday, defeated Ryan Harrison in five sets, but it was the way Isner did it that was so impressive.
Isner, who didn't play in the Australian Open earlier this season because of a knee injury, dropped the first two sets to Harrison which has meant doom in the past for the 28-year-old, but he clawed back, winning the third and fourth sets easily to set up a heated fifth set.
The final set lasted 71 minutes, with Isner needing 10 break points before grabbing the advantage, and went on to win his first match ever when dropping the first two sets.
Isner will now face Tommy Haas in the third round, who took out American Jack Sock on Friday in straight sets.
Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Marion Bartoli, and Serena Williams all advanced with ease, as Rafael Nadal needed four sets to take out Martin Klitzan and advance to the third round.
The rankings might not see it as an upset, but Gael Monfils will be kicking himself for losing in five sets to Tommy Robredo (pictured above).
Monfils looked like he was going to take the match in the fourth set, facing a match point on Robredo's serve up 5-3. He couldn't convert there, finding the net, and then had a second and third match point that he wasn't able to win.
Robredo won that fourth set in a tiebreaker 7-3, and cruised in the fifth set as it appeared Monfils was out of the energy that makes him a fan favorite at just about every event he enters.
No. 10 ranked Marin Cilic was dropped in straight sets by Viktor Troicki, as was No. 14 Milos Raonic, who got beat by Kevin Anderson.
"I am sorry, but that’s a joke," seven-time French Open Rafael Nadal on the scheduling situation during the first week at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal will play back-to-back matches as he takes on Fabio Fognini on Saturday at the French Open.
Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic will also be on court to play their third round matches, as is Sloane Stephens.
One of the more anticipated matches for American fans will be John Isner taking on Tommy Haas, and you can check the times and schedule of play for Day 7 right here.
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