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John Isner needs first-round rally

Updated: October 7, 2013, 1:52 PM ET
Associated Press

SHANGHAI -- John Isner served 29 aces and rallied to beat Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 on Monday in the first round of the Shanghai Masters.

The 14th-seeded American fought off three break points at 5-5 in the third set, then broke Giraldo for the second time to close out the match.

"I started off a little slow in the first set," Isner said. "I told myself the only thing I could do was keep fighting. I felt like I was serving well, so just try to hold serve as ...

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