John Isner holding his own

American serve wizard aces his way into the second round of the French Open

Updated: May 30, 2014, 4:12 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Break points are the essence of professional tennis.

Holding serve is critical to success at the highest level, and usually those handful of points determine the winner.

On Friday, No. 10 seed John Isner's serve was constantly threatened by Tommy Robredo, a crafty clay-court cat from Spain. On no fewer than 13 occasions, Isner faced a break point; in retrospect, any one of them could have swung the tantalizingly taut match in the Court No. 1 stadium they call The Bullring. ...

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