Nadal overcomes scare in first round of Roland Garros

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Rafa Nadal came back after a set down to advance into round two at Roland Garros 2013, whilst John Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet won in straight sets.

Although he dropped his opening set of the tournament, defending champion Nadal did just enough to make his way into the second round of his favorite Grand Slam. He was broken late in the first set and allowed German Daniel Brands to serve it out next. The king of clay held all of his remaining service games later in the match, but so did Brands in the second set which thus went Rafa’s way only after a tie-break. Nadal kept putting more pressure on the opponent in the second half of the clash to break him once in the third set and a couple of times in the following one which allowed the seven-time French Open conqueror advancing with a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3 win. The third seed Spaniard is to play Slovak Klizan next.

Nineteenth seed Amerian Isner looked confident in his opener today as he brushed aside Carlos Berlocq of Argentine in less than two hours. He was dictating the terms in the first two sets in which he held all of his serves and finished them with a one break advantage. The US player struggled for a while in the third set where he fell 0-3 behind, yet he was able to turn it around to secure his second round spot with a routine 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory. Isner will square off against his countryman Harrison in round two.

Sixth-seeded Tsonga was pulling all the strings in the encounter against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia. The latter won only seven games, including a break in the third set. That did not influence the outcome of the clash though as the home crowd favorite dismissed his rival easily in straight sets. End score: 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. His compatriot Gasquet, seed number seven, prevailed over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in a similar fashion: 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. In the next round the Frenchmen will meet Nieminen and Przysiezny, respectively.

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