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John Isner and Diego Schwartzman complete a first-round comeback in a Match Tie-break.


Five Monday doubles matches decided by Match Tie-breaks

The 6-foot-10 John Isner and the 5-foot-7 Diego Schwartzman may seem like an odd couple on the doubles court, but they used their contrasting skillsets to great effect on Monday to earn a doubles victory at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

The first-time pairing scored a 5-7, 6-3, 10-1 win over Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni to open with a win in Rome. After dropping an opening set that featured five breaks of serve, Isner and Schwartzman dominated set two and the Match Tie-break to advance.

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Isner is seeking his third ATP Masters 1000 doubles title this season after winning the Sunshine Double with Jack Sock in Indian Wells and Hubert Hurkacz in Miami. The American also advanced to the Madrid semi-finals last week with Hurkacz before falling to eventual champions Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski.

Schwartzman is now 3-3 on the year in doubles action, including wins in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo.

That match was one of five doubles contests decided in a Match Tie-break on a busy Monday in Rome. Among the other winners were Thanasi Kokkinakis and Frances Tiafoe, Grigor Dimitrov and Hurkacz, and eighth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies of Germany.

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