The third day of the 2011 French Open is close to wrapping up and we had arguably the biggest seeded scare of the first round. Number one seed Rafael Nadal was taken to five sets by American John Isner, but managed to escape 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. Isner came into the match unseeded but is generally considered at the top end of the unseeded players. This result could either bode well for Novak Djokovic and others given Nadal's struggles. Or, Nadal could settle down and roll through the tournament. He'll face unseeded Pablo Andujar in the second round, so we'll see how he bounces back.
In Bay Area news, San Francisco-born Sam Querrey won his first ever French Open match, defeating Philip Kohlschreiber in four sets 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Querrey was actually a slight underdog in this match and seemed a bit nervous early on. He struggled in the first set but settled down in the second set and was actually quite dominant in closing out this match. He advances to face Ivan Ljubicic in the second round.
The only significant upset of the day was on the men's side as No. 11 Nicolas Almagro was knocked off by unseeded Lukasz Kubot. Almagro looked like he was going to roll to victory after jumping up 6-3, 6-2, but he fell apart from there and ended up losing in five sets. You can view completed men's results at rolandgarros.com.
On the women's side, 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic was knocked off as the No. 20 seed, losing to Johanna Larsson in three sets. No. 22 seed Dominika Cibulkova was also knocked off by American Vania King. Other than that all the top seeds advanced. You can view completed women's results at rolandgarros.com.
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