On a day when Andy Murray suggested once again that he may be Harry Houdini incarnate, a number of other Brits including Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund were also in action at the French Open.
Edmund blown away by Isner
Kyle Edmund found himself playing against 6ft 10inch John Inser in the second round. The American is no easy opposition with powerful serves and many aces to his game.
The Young Brit did extremely well, staying with the American and proving that Edmund is certainly one to watch. Unforunately for the Brit, Isner managed to sneak a break of serve in each of the sets to take it in straight sets. That makes two Brits that Isner has beaten recently as he defeated Aljaz Bedene in the Paris Masters 2015 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Of course there are two Brits who have beaten Isner and hold winning head to heads according to the FedEx ATP Head to Head. Of Course Andy Murray is one , he has never lost to Isner, the other of course is James Ward http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/fedex-head-2-head/john-isner-vs-james-ward/I186/W503
Watson was against the 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and this proved to be a very tricky match. Immediately Watson was outclassed in the first set as the Brit was unable to hold serve and won only one game
The second set proved a little closer as the Brit managed to secure more service games, eventually the Russian managed to secure the break of serve needed to progress to the third round and end Watsons run.
The doubles kicked off today, and there were mixed results for the Brits in action. Johanna Konta who teamed up with Maria Sanchez of America drew the eighth seeds Raquel Atawo & Abigail Spears. The Americans were pushed hard by Konta and Sanchez, who forced a tiebreak. The Brit/American pairing secured the breaker 7-3 to take a lead. Unfortunately it didn't last long as the seeds stepped thiings up and took the remaining sets 6-4, 6-4.
Colin Fleming & Jonathan Erlich had drawn Paul-Henri Mathieu & Benoit Paire. The French were unable to make anything work against the Brit/Israeli pairing who progressed into the next round with the loss of just three games. Fleming & Erlich spend most of their time on the Challenger circuit with forays into the main ATP tour. Their most notable scalp to date being the taking down of the Bryan Brothers earlier in the year.
The final doubles match featuring a Brit was Ken Skupski. Having teamed up with John Millman of Australia instead of his brother Neal. This enabled Ken to play the French Open. Millman & Skupski showed their inexperience as a regular pairing as they took on Delbonis & Molteni. The Argentines outclassed Skupski & Millman serving up a breadstick set.
The second set proved to be closer as the Brit/Australian fought hard to get a set, but it was not to be as they fell 7-5 in the final set.