Nadal beats Klizan in Paris, Isner and Tipsarevic win 5 setters

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Rafael Nadal is through to third round in Paris, but it wasn’t as easy as anticipated. He fell behind once more, finally coming out on top in four sets over Martin Klizan 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3. After the power hitting of Daniel Brands gave Nadal trouble, it was expected that he would have a much easier time with the Slovakian. It would be Klizan that had the first break point opportunity at 3-3 and he would only need one after Nadal sent a forehand long. He held easily twice to take a set lead but would have very little luck from thereon in.

He rushed into a double break lead for 4-0 in the second, giving one back but defending the second to take the set after two more holds. He broke twice in the third, while also defending break points midway through the set before breaking for a 2-1 sets lead. The fourth was a bit more messy, with five breaks in total. After breaking for the third time for a 5-1 lead, a poor service game saw Nadal broken to love. Klizan would hold in the next game but couldn’t pull a third break off as Nadal closed it out with a hold to 15.

Janko Tipsarevic almost threw away a two set lead but managed to hold off Fernando Verdasco to move into the next round with a 7-6 6-1 3-6 5-7 8-6 victory. Tipsarevic started slowly, going down 3-0 but would make a comeback and have chances to earn a break lead later on in the set, but would fail to convert at both 4-4 and 5-5 so had to settle for a tiebreak. The first five points went with the returner before the Serbian took control, eventually winning 7-3 in the breaker. Verdasco collapsed in the second set, falling 0-5 down to make it seven games in a row for Tipsarevic who eventually took the second 6-1 after holding from 0-30.

A solitary break for Verdasco in set 3 helped the Spaniard on his way to halving the deficit but he would find himself in trouble again halfway through the fourth, getting broken to fall 2-4 down. He would immediately break though, having chances on the next game as well but couldn’t convert. He would eventually do so in game 11, before serving out to love to tie the match. After a topsy turvy fourth set, break chances were at a premium and Verdasco would not have one in the whole deciding set. Serving at *6-7, he found himself in a 0-30 hole and couldn’t recover as Tipsarevic took victory on his second match point to move into the next round.

Ryan Harrison wouldn’t be as lucky, leading 2-0 in sets only to lose in five to John Isner 5-7 6-7 6-3 6-1 8-6. Harrison played some excellent tennis in the first two sets to seize control of the match, making just two unforced errors in set two. However, poor service games midway through each of the next two sets allowed Isner to force his way back into the match. In the decider, both players had great chances to break early on but the match would burst into life late. A marathon service game at 5-5 saw Harrison hold despite his serve beginning to fail on him, the highlight being a 31 shot rally won by Harrison to save one of five break points in the game. Isner’s lack of aggression helped Harrison but Isner would need to do very little in the next game on break point, with a double fault gifting Isner the break which would decide the match.

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