Davis Cup: John Isner pulls U.S. even with France

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“I agreed with him that my balls were landing a bit short, and that (Tsonga) was playing the match on his own terms,” Harrison said.

Their chat seemed to work, with Harrison beating Tsonga in the third set, breaking his serve three times.

“I think he’s an unpolished diamond,” Courier said. “You don’t want to snuff out someone’s fire. Ryan is a high energy guy, my job is to help him nurture that energy.”

But Tsonga drew on his experience and regained control of the match in the fourth set, taking Harrison’s serve with a smash and holding for a 3-0 lead.

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