needed all of one game Sunday to equal that total

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PARIS - Hard-serving John Isner was broken a total of once through his first three French Open matches. His opponent Sunday, Tomas Berdych, needed all of one game Sunday to equal that total, breaking Isner at love to begin their fourth-round encounter. As omens go, it was telling. The 10th-seeded Isner failed in his bid to become the first American man in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros since Andre Agassi in 2003, losing serve once in each set of a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat against No. 6 Berdych of the Czech Republic. "It was big. I mean, it wasnt huge, but I started off a little slow," said Isner, best known for winning the longest match in tennis history, 70-68 in the fifth set, at Wimbledon in 2010. "Just wasnt as lively — everything really — at the very beginning of the match." The 6-foot-10 Isner, who lives in Florida, was the last of the eight U.S. men in the draw. No American man has made it to the quarterfinals at any Grand Slam tournament since 2011. There is one woman from the United States left in singles at the French Open: No. 15 Sloane Stephens, who faces No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania in the fourth round Monday. Isner recognizes this is a fallow period for a nation that produced the likes of Agassi, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier not too long ago, along with other past Grand Slam champions such as Bill Tilden, Don Budge, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Right now, there are no Americans in the top 10 of the ATP rankings; Isner, who is 11th, is his countrys only member of the top 60. "Im the No. 1 American now, which isnt as cool as being the No. 1 American in the 90s or something, or the 2000s," the 29-year-old Isner said. "Its pretty neat to say, but its nothing I would brag about or anything like that." Isner has lost seven consecutive matches against top-10 opponents and he never really got into the match against Berdych, the Wimbledon runner-up and a French Open semifinalist in 2010. Berdych broke again to open the second set, then waited until Isner was serving at 1-all in the third to get that sets lone break. "Quick breaks in each of the sets," said Berdych, who erased the two break points he faced. "Thats something which really helps through all the match, especially with a guy like John." By the end, Isner was muttering to himself between points. He slammed his racket against his leg, bending the frame, then folded the handle in half and chucked it behind his changeover bench at Court Suzanne Lenglen. He was outaced by Berdych, 11-7, and wound up with more than twice as many unforced errors, 29-13. "He was a lot better than me today, and thats really all it was to that match out there," Isner said. "He was just the better player." ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich Stitched Authentic Jerseys . -- Byron Scott is taking over the Los Angeles Lakers with the vocal support of his fellow Showtime greats. 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Now he will be dealing with a troubled NHL team.Cameron, named Ottawa Senators head coach Monday after the firing of Paul MacLean, faces the challenging task of getting the struggling team back in playoff contention.At 11-11-5 the Senators sit four points out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.Prior to coaching, Cameron worked in Prince Edward Island with troubled youth and as a high school guidance councillor, but the draw to hockey was too much for the former player who logged 168 games in the NHL.Cameron has coached in the Ontario Hockey League and American Hockey League and has served as head coach for Canadas world junior team, but always aspired to be an NHL head coach.Once I got in for a period of time and the passion grew, I knew I wanted to be an NHL coach, but I also knew dont be in a rush to get there because youre probably going to get one kick at the cat and if youre not ready when you get there and you get fired then youre probably done, said Cameron. I aspired for it for a long time. I was never in a panic or rush or a timeframe on it.Cameron believes hes now ready for the job.I know at the end of the day youre as good as your players and a lot of times youre as good as your goaltending, he said. Thats the thing. Im all about team. At the end of the day, the best team wins championships.I challenge my players with everything I do and say. Every decision we make is in the best interests of the team and they have the right at any time that if they dont believe in what were doing as a staff and as a team they can come in and by all means well talk about it.This is Camerons first opportunity as an NHL head coach, and the 56-year-old admitted it was somewhat bittersweet considering it came at his friends expense. He had worked as MacLeans assistant for the past four years.Cameron knows change wont happen overnight, but says part of the focus will be on the teams defensive play. Through 27 games, Ottawa has given up the second-most shots in the league behind only the Buffalo Sabres.When asked how quickly he could implement change, Cameron was honest.I dont know. Thats a tough one, he said. I firmly believe when a team is in turmoil, and we are because theres been a change, that its become too complicated. Its not complicated. Its a simple game. My job is to simplify it. The sooner we can simplify it the faster we change.Reaction from players was as expected. Many anticipated some form of change to take place considering the team had won just four of its last 15 games.Unfortunately thats what happens when the team is not winning and playing as good as were exxpected, said captain Erik Karlsson.dddddddddddd Its never any fun, but it is what it is and we have to move forward as a group and we have to be better or things will change there too and we know that. Its part of the business. I dont think (Monday) was a fun day for anyone.MacLean addressed the media Tuesday afternoon and said everything he did was with the intention of getting the team into the playoffs.That was what I tried to establish here. To play in June, your best players have to be your best players. I pushed them to be, he said. MacLean said before a game against Pittsburgh on Saturday that Im just scared to death every day who we are playing and sometimes Im scared to death of who Im playing. Senators GM Bryan Murray said at a press conference Monday that he didnt appreciate the comment.I thought wed lost four games in a row, I didnt think that wed lost our sense of humour, MacLean said when asked if he regretted the quip. Part of MacLeans downfall was attributed to a lack of communication, but he disputed that claim.I thought my door was open all the time, said MacLean. Communication is a two-way street. You have to have someone that talks and someone that wants to listen. I was always prepared to listen. Listening and patience is one of my strengths. I felt we communicated what the players needed to hear. We didnt win enough games.MacLean says he leaves Ottawa a better coach and will be better prepared for his next opportunity.Players dont anticipate a massive overhaul, but do expect a renewed sense of energy and optimism.It will take some time to sink in, said forward Bobby Ryan. Its not like (MacLean) left the room and all of sudden we were rejoicing or anything like that. Somebody lost their job and we take ownership of that, but at the same time its a business and youve got to move forward.I thought the guys did a good job of shelving it when we got on the ice and having a good practice still, but that being said you have to have fun and Bryan (Murray) was right in that regard.The morale in the room was low and thats because we were losing and thats not on Paul to take the morale from us, he wasnt doing that. We were creating bad morale on us on our own. When youre losing thats just natural, thats not Pauls fault.The players and Cameron are eager to get to work and their first test will be a difficult one as they take on the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night in Ottawa.No easy games, said Cameron. Ive always been of the theory that when your team is in a slump the only way it breaks it out is if it beats a really good team. Ive always taken that approach. A win is a win and were going to have our hands full. ' ' '

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