Paris: Rafael Nadal excelled when he needed to most, winning the final two sets against John Isner on Tuesday to advance to the second round at the French Open with a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-4 victory.
The five-time champion, who is now 39-1 at Roland Garros, played a five-set match at Roland Garros for the first time in seven visits.
"Always it's very, very close match against John because with his serve he arrives to the tiebreak and you play under pressure all the time," Nadal said. "For moments in the tiebreak I didn't play very well. I was probably too nervous."