PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves during the men's singles round one match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and John Isner of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

French Open 2011 Results, Day 3: Rafael Nadal Outlasts John Isner In Five Sets

Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters, Andy Murray, and Robin Söderling are all through to the second round at Roland Garros after Day 3 of the 2011 French Open.

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French Open 2011 Results, Day 3: Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka Sail Past First Round

French Open 2011 results from Day 3 at Roland Garrros, in which Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka saunter through to Round 2 with relative ease. No. 11 Nicolas Almagro, not so fast.

• No. 2 Kim Clijsters def. Anastasiya Yakimova, 6-2 6-3.
This match was perhaps a little closer than the score looks now, with Clijsters battling a string of unforced errors mid-second set on Court Suzanne Lenglen, but the defending U.S. and Aussie Open champ didn't look like she'd only been back at practice for two weeks since coming out of injury rehab. She was asked to perhaps "bring back the Afro" in her post-match interview, and her hair has been getting a lot shorter lately, so look forward to relieved commentators having something to talk about with the World No. 2 besides her selfish desire to spend time with her family. Clijsters draws Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in Round 2.

• No. 4 Victoria Azarenka def. Andrea Hlavackova, 6-3 6-3.
The women's draw is famously wide-open this year, but the entire top five remains intact into the second round with this victory. Azarenka avenged last season's first-round exit in little more than an hour. Her next opponent till be the winner of the Pauline Parmentier - Ksenia Pervak match.

• Lukasz Kubot def. No. 11 Nicolas Almagro, 3-6 2-6 7-6(3) 7-6(5) 6-4.
Now here's a shock to the Spanish armada: Kubot is the proud holder of the World No. 122 ranking, and interrupted what would have been a lovely three-set stroll to pull off the second most lopsided upset of this year's tournament. He'll advance to face another bottom-feeder, Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, and will draw No. 20 Florian Mayer in Round 3, if he gets that far. Stranger things have happened.

In American news: Michael Russell took a set off No. 18 Gilles Simon on Court Philippe Chatrier, but couldn't capitalize further. The Frenchman moves on, 6-3 4-6 6-1 6-0. Sloane Stephens put up a valiant first set but fell to Great Britain's Elena Baltacha, 7-5 6-2. The sixth-ranked women's doubles team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy defeated Victoria Larriere and Alize Lim of France, 6-2 6-1. And the fourth-ranked team of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond cruised past Ukraine's Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-3 6-3.

Other seeded match results from Day 3 at Roland Garros:
• No. 15 Andrea Petkovic def. Bojana Jovanovski, 6-4 7-6(3).
• No. 21 Yanina Wickmayer def. Monica Niculescu, 6-0 6-3.
• No. 27 Alexandra Dulgheru def. Laura Pous-Tio, 6-3 6-4.

• No. 16 Fernando Verdasco def. Juan Monaco, 6-2 7-5 4-6 6-4.
• No. 20 Florian Mayer def. Igor Kunitsyn, 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3.
• No. 32 Kevin Anderson def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3.

Day 4 of the French Open 2011 begins play at 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday.


Rafael Nadal Survives French Open 2011 Match Against John Isner In Five Sets

French Open 2011 results from Day 3 at Roland Garros, which saw the undisputed champion of clay taken to a five-setter, a pair of seeded upsets in the women's field, and a few surprises from the American players. 

• No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. John Isner, 6-4 6-7(2) 6-7(2) 6-2 6-4.
The outcome was expected; the process, anything but. An unseeded American took the World No. 1 to an epic five-setter in what's indisputably the highlight of the first round, and that Isner did this on clay is story enough in itself. Next in line for the Rafa buzzsaw: Spanish compatriot Pablo Andujar.

• No. 5 Robin Söderling def. Ryan Harrison, 6-1 7-6(5) 6-3 7-5.
The fluff-haired American wasn't even supposed to make it this far after losing in the qualifying rounds, but an injury to Söderling's slated opponent, Benjamin Becker, put Harrison in the Swede's sights. He did a yeoman's job, too, taking the 5-seed to a four-setter. Next up for our favorite grizzled tennis pro is Spain's Albert Ramos.

• No. 4 Andy Murray def. Eric Prodon, 6-4 6-1 6-3.
Murray had his serve broken twice, but appears to be largely unhampered by injury, and has another unranked player, Italian Simone Bolelli, waiting in his cupcake quarter.

• Johanna Larsson def. No. 20 Ana Ivanovic, 7-6(3) 0-6 6-2.
This one stands out perhaps more than it otherwise would thanks to such a quiet first round in the women's draw. Ivanovic is used to being upset at the most inopportune times, but today's play handed her a much-deserved result.

• No. 6 Li Na def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3.
Our favorite interview subject on the women's side advances to take on Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

• No. 24 Jarmila Gajdosova def. Virginie Razzano, 6-3 6-1.
The upset most dearly wished for by any onlooker with a beating heart was not to be, as the grieving Razzano fell in straight sets just eight days after the death of her coach and fiancé. Gajdosova draws Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in Round 2.

• No. 7 Maria Sharapova def. Mirjana Lucic, 6-3 6-0.
This was even less of a match than the box score makes it look. Next up for the resurgent Sharapova: France's Caroline Garcia.

• No. 24 Sam Querrey def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.
It's the first-ever singles win at this tournament for the American, who'll face the not-insignificant Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia in Round 2.

• Vania King def. No. 22 Dominika Cibulkova, 6-7(10) 6-3 6-2.
It seems to be a day for U.S. upsets, and this one actually got seen through. An All-American second-round match could be in the offing, if Sloane Stephens can get past Great Britain's Elena Baltacha later this afternoon.

Elsewhere at Roland Garros, No. 8 Jurgen Melzer defeated Andreas Beck, 6-3 6-4 6-2, No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov defeated Rainer Schuettler, 6-3 6-3 6-1, and unseeded Americans Ryan Sweeting and Tim Smyczek were defeated in their first-round matches by Andreas Haider-Maurer and Juan Ignacio Chela.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more match results from Day 3 of the French Open 2011. View live scores at Roland Garros' official website, and watch matches online at ESPN3


French Open 2011 Results: Rafael Nadal Forces Fifth Set Against John Isner

As their first-round 2011 French Open match nears the four-hour mark, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal appears to have regained a modicum of control over John Isner. Nadal has only lost once in his entire career at Roland Garros, you'll recall, to Robin Söderling in 2009, and whatever momentum Isner accumulated in attaining a 2-1 set lead over the Spaniard appears to have run out in a pretty big hurry.

Isner's 12 unforced errors to Nadal's zero in the fourth set helped make short work of him, as did two double faults, one of which cost him a game. Nadal takes the set, 6-2, the most lopsided and shorted of the match thus far. Of all the times for Isner to shake himself awake and remember he's playing Rafa on clay, this is perhaps the most inopportune. Nadal leads 2-1 in the fifth set on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more results from Day 3 of the 2011 French Open.


French Open 2011: John Isner Leads Rafael Nadal In Potential Massive Upset

Don't look now, but something extraordinary is in the works in Paris: Unseeded American John Isner, who drew Rafael Nadal in the first round of the 2011 French Open, is making a match out of what was supposed to be a cakewalk for the five-time Roland Garros champ. After dropping the first set 4-6, the 39th-ranked American has taken two in a row from the modern undisputed heavyweight of clay court play. Both sets ended in tiebreakers, and neither was close: 7-6(2), 7-6(2). The third set was visibly Isner's for the entirety of the tiebreaker despite having to battle back from being down a double set point to get there.

This is, of course, Rafa we're talking about. He hasn't been unbeatable on clay this year, but the guy beating him has been Novak Djokovic, not some American upstart.

But man alive, wouldn't it be great to have a story to tell about Isner that doesn't involve him destroying both legs to make Wimbledon history? No kidding: We could very well be on the cusp of the biggest upset in Slam history here. Stay tuned.

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