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French Open 2012: John Isner Advances On Day Two

Former Georgia tennis player John Isner had little trouble in his first match of the 2012 French Open.

The No. 10 Isner dispatched of Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in three sets, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Day Two. The furthest Isner has advanced in the French Open was the third round in 2010. The tall and powerful former Bulldog is looking at improving that standing, but the clay courts will make it difficult. SB Nation's Bill Connelly says Isner has a tough road ahead of him in Paris.

Elsewhere, No. 3 Roger Federer tied Jimmy Connors' record for grand slam wins with No. 233 against German Tobias Kamke, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. Federer credited the record to his fortunate longevity. From ESPN.com:

"You step back, you realize you have been playing for quite a long time. ... When I started, I loved playing against those famous players I used to see on TV. Now I'm playing against younger players, a new generation," he said. "It's great I didn't suffer that many injuries over these years. And I always had fun playing tennis."

Another notable, No. 1 Novak Djokovic scored a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-1 win over Italian Potito Starace in his first-round match. On the women's side, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka struggled, but advanced past Italian Alberta Brianti 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-2.

For more updates on the 2012 French Open, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For lots more on all things tennis, keep checking SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.


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