US John Isner returns the ball to Italy's Andreas Seppi during the men's first round at the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA
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John Isner is a rare breed, a male American tennis player who enjoys getting his socks dirty on European clay courts. The 16th seed beat Italian baseliner Andreas Seppi 7-5 6-2 6-3 at the French Open Tuesday to join compatriots Steve Johnson and Jack Sock in the second round.30-year-old Isner, who once took clay court king Rafa Nadal to five sets at Roland Garros, will not have a bad word said about the surface he finds helpful despite a 2.07-meter frame that looks better-equipped for bouncy hard courts.
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