Nadal through Isner involved in another epic

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Updated: June 1, 2012

Rafa Nadal took his Roland Garros match record to 47-1 with a straightforward 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

American John Isner found himself involved in another epic battle in a slam yesterday as he was involved in a five hours 41 minutes battle, the second longest match in French Open history, as well as the fourth longest in all Grand Slams, Isner lost 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16 to French wildcard Paul-Henri Mathieu.

The American hit 41 aces but also had 98 unforced errors.

Ironically it was against another Frenchman, Nicolas Mahut, that Isner played the longest match in history at Wimbledon in 2010 when he took 11 hours and five minutes, spread over three days, to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/3), 70-68.

British no 4 seed Andy Murray defeated Jarkko Nieminen 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, but he had looked down and out in the first few games of the match as he struggled to shake off back spasms and pain in his left leg.

Murray’s next opponent in the third round will be Colombian Santiago Giraldo who defeated Australian 25th seed Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-1, 6-3

Another South American claycourter to make it through was 13th seed Juan Monaco of Argentina who stopped Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 6-0, 7-6 (7/5).

There was more French success with Julian Benneteau defeating Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and Richard Gasquet seeing off Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.

Jeremy Chardy though went out 7-6 (7/4), 6-1, 7-5 at the hands of eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia