Result: John Isner downs spirited Pierre-Hugues Herbert

USA's John Isner celebrates his victory over Argentina's Carlos Berlocq at the end of their French Tennis Open first round match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, on May 27, 2013
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John Isner progresses into the second round of the French Open by beating local favourite Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

John Isner has progressed into the second round of the French Open by beating local favourite Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets in Paris this evening.

Despite being ranked outside the top 100 in the ATP rankings, the Frenchman proved a stubborn opposition for the world number 11 as Isner needed two tiebreak wins and a 7-5 victory in the final set to down Herbert.

Remarkably, neither player broke the other's service until the last game of the match, and there was little to separate the pair in the scoreline.

The duo went the distance in the opening two sets, with Isner winning the tiebreaks 7-5 and 7-4 respectively.

Both played out another enthralling set as the pair were deadlocked on five games apiece, but after two-and-a-half hours, Herbert's resistance finally waned as Isner inflicted the match's first break of serve to win 7-5 and move into round two.

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2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060