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Only Isner survives American demise

Updated: January 20, 2011, 9:58 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- It's looking like one of those Grand Slams for American tennis.

Two more players lost Thursday at the Australian Open, meaning a paltry three remain in contention in the third round. Venus Williams and old reliable Andy Roddick were joined by John Isner.

Bad, but not quite as bad as the French Open on dreaded clay four years ago, when only the Williams sisters -- who else? -- survived the opening two rounds.

"And the French ...

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