Say this about John Isner: He doesn’t just play marathon five-set matches. He plays ones you remember.
The last American man standing saved 12 match points but couldn’t save a 13th against 35-year-old Tommy Haas, losing 7-5, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (10), 10-8 in the third round. The fight was impeccable, but it gives Isner no solace.
“[P}robably would have been better to lose in straight sets, because I feel terrible right now,” he said after the four-hour, 37-minute match.
While Isner’s exit means no more American men in Paris, the U.S. women are having their best showing at a Slam in almost a decade. Sloane Stephens, Jamie Hampton and Bethanie Mattek-Sands went 3-for-3 on the day, meaning the U.S. will have four women into the fourth round, the most at any Slam since the U.S. Open in 2004.
Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 7.
John Isner: After saving 12 match points, sometimes all you can do is smile. (Petr David Josek/AP)
Rafael Nadal: Nadal finally won a match in straight sets, beating Fabio Fognini 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4. That’s oddly notable. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic: Djokovic cruised past Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, but had to call the trainer for his right arm late in the third set. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Jelena Jankovic: The Serb did what she was expected to do in the 2010 French Open semifinals, beating Sam Stosur 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)
Alize Cornet: Few players bring the drama that Cornet does. Her fantastic run at Roland Garros ended with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to Victoria Azarenka. (Michel Spingler/AP)
Sam Stosur: Cursed with a brutal draw, the 2010 French Open finalist bids adieu. (Christophe Ena/AP)
Benoit Paire: Tough day at the office for Paire, who lost to Kei Nishikori 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-1. (Christophe Ena/AP)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands: The American didn’t miss much in her 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Paula Ormaechea. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
Francesca Schiavone: After a forgettable season, the 2010 champion is into the fourth round by ousting Marion Bartoli 6-2, 6-1. She’ll face Azarenka next. It’s great to see that unbridled joy again. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
Jamie Hampton: The Alabama native calmly knocked off Petra Kvitova 6-1, 7-6 (7) for her best career showing at a Slam. (Michel Euler/AP)
Rafael Nadal: Ha. Hair. (Petr David Josek/AP)