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Time runs out on Isner

At Paris

Singles, Men, Second Round David Ferrer (6), Spain, d. Benoit Paire, France, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. Milos Raonic (19), Canada, d. Jesse Levine, United States, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Juan Monaco (13), Argentina, d. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 7-6 (5). Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, d. Bernard Tomic (25), Australia, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. David Goffin, Belgium, d. Arnaud Clement, France, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 6-2, 6-1. Andy Murray (4), Britain, d. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), France, d. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Germany, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Mikhail Youzhny (27), Russia, d. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, d. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0. Nicolas Almagro (12), Spain, d. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5. Fabio Fognini, Italy, d. Viktor Troicki (28), Serbia, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 8-6. Eduardo Schwank, Argentina, d. Florian Mayer (32), Germany, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Julien Benneteau (29), France, d. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (24), Germany, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-5. Janko Tipsarevic (8), Serbia, d. Jeremy Chardy, France, 7-6 (4), 6-1. 7-5. Richard Gasquet (17), France, d. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. Paul-Henri Mathieu, France, d. John Isner (10), United States, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16. Tommy Haas, Germany, d. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Marcel Granollers (20), Spain, tied with Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, suspended.

Singles, Women, Second Round Petra Kvitova (4), Czech Republic, d. Urszula Radwanska, Poland, 6-1, 6-3. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (22), Russia, d. Melinda Czink, Hungary, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic, d. Maria Kirilenko (16), Russia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Angelique Kerber (10), Germany, d. Olga Govortsova, Belarus, 6-3, 6-2. Caroline Wozniacki (9), Denmark, d. Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia, 6-1, 6-4. Nina Bratchikova, Russia, d. Claire Feuerstein, France, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Francesca Schiavone (14), Italy, d. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Li Na (7), China, d. Stephanie Foretz Gacon, France, 6-0, 6-2. Varvara Lepchenko, United States, d. Jelena Jankovic (19), Serbia, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, d. Sesil Karatantcheva, Kazakhstan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Kaia Kanepi (23), Estonia, d. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, 6-4, 6-1. Christina McHale, United States, d. Lauren Davis, United States, 6-1, 6-3. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, d. Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, 6-1, 6-0. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, d. Virginie Razzano, France, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Peng Shuai (28), China, d. Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Spain, 6-4, 6-3. Julia Goerges (25), Germany, d. Heather Watson, Britain, 6-3, 6-4.

PARIS — This, then, is who John Isner is for now: The Marathon Man of Tennis, the guy who plays for hours on end, until the last set seems interminable.

At Wimbledon two years ago he won a match 70-68 in the fifth set, the longest set and match in history. At the French Open on Thursday, the 10th-seeded Tampa resident lost 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 18-16 to Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round, a 5-hour, 41-minute test of stamina.

This one goes in the books as the second-longest match by time in tournament history.

"I just didn't get it done. I felt like I got caught in patterns that weren't ideal for me," said Isner, whose exit means no U.S. men are in the third round for the first time since 2007. "I wasn't going for my shots at certain points in the match, and that comes from a little bit of a lack of confidence."

After converting his seventh match point — Isner never had one — Mathieu thanked the home crowd for willing him to victory.

"I dug deep," said the Frenchman, 30, who hadn't played in a major tournament since the 2010 U.S. Open because of a left knee injury that forced him off the tour last year. "I was away from the courts for quite a while, and I came back to live moments like this."

The match ended after 9 p.m. local time, forcing organizers to postpone until today the match involving Maria Sharapova that was supposed to follow on Court Philippe Chatrier.

About 10 hours earlier, No. 4 Andy Murray's back was so painful he could barely move. For the better part of an hour, he considered quitting.

"Just kind of gritting my teeth," Murray said, "and (trying) to find a way of turning the match around."

Then, in large part due to massages from a trainer, Murray began to feel better. He came back to beat Jarkko Nieminen 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 and reach the third round for the fifth consecutive year.


French Open

Top results: Men — Rafael Nadal (2) d. Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0; Andy Murray (4) d. Jarkko Nieminen 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Women — Petra Kvitova (4) d. Urszula Radwanska 6-1, 6-3; Li Na (7) d. Stephanie Foretz Gacon 6-0, 6-2; Caroline Wozniacki (9) d. Jarmila Gajdosova 6-1, 6-4

Today's top matches: Men — No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Nicolas Devilder; No. 3 Roger Federer vs. Nicolas Mahut. Women — No. 1 Victoria Azarenka vs. Aleksandra Wozniak; No. 2 Maria Sharapova vs. Ayumi Morita; No. 6 Sam Stosur vs. No. 27 Nadia Petrova

TV: ESPN2, 5 a.m.; Tennis Channel, 10 a.m.


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