This just in: John Isner gets the win

Posted by Andy Durham on June 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm under High School, Professional | Read the First Comment

John Isner(Page High School) has finally won his first-round match at Wimbledon……

Isner wins the fifth set 70-68.


WIMBLEDON, England — When John Isner finally won the longest match in tennis history, he collapsed on the Wimbledon grass and then summoned one last burst of energy, springing to his feet to applaud along with the crowd.

The American hit a backhand winner to win the last of the match’s 980 points, and he took the fifth set Thursday against Nicolas Mahut, 70-68.

The first-round match took 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days, lasting so long it was suspended because of darkness — two nights in a row. Play resumed Thursday at 59-all and continued for more than an hour before Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

The American finished with 112 aces, and Mahut had 103, with both totals eclipsing the previous high of 78. There were only three service breaks in the match, the last coming on the final point.

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  • Bob Lowe said,

    Astonishing, remarkable and one of the most amazing sports events in our lifetime.