Isner Wins in the Longest Match Ever Recorded
WIMBLEDON, England -- John Isner won the longest tennis match on record by beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set at Wimbledon.
Picking up at 59-59 in the fifth set Thursday, the match continued on serve with no break points until the American hit a backhand passing shot to finish the contest in front of a packed crowd on Court 18.
Isner finished with a total of 112 aces and Muhat 103.
The first-round match surpassed the 11-hour mark stretching over three days -- smashing the record of 6 hours, 33 minutes set in a 2004 French Open match.. The fifth set alone went over 8 hours.
A four-time ITA All-American at the University of Georgia, John Isner has emerged as one of professional tennis' great young stars. Named the Association of Tennis Professionals' Most Improved Player in 2009, Isner is currently ranked 19th in the world.
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Georgiadogs.com recently had the chance to catch up with John as he prepared for his second career appearance in the prestigious French Open. Click here.
Isner beat Andy Roddick in the 2009 U.S. Open. Photo/Bill Kallenberg