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    Wimbledon match is longest ever

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    Updated Jun 23, 2010 4:33 PM ET

    History has been made at Wimbledon ... and there's more to come.

    American John Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut have played exactly 10 hours of tennis in their ongoing first-round match, with the match being called due to darkness Wednesday in the fifth set with the incredible score of 59-59, making it the longest match in Open era tennis history.

    The players began the match Tuesday, splitting the first four sets before being stopped due to darkness that night. They will finish the match — hopefully — on Thursday. There are no fifth-set tiebreakers at Wimbledon.

    At 7 hours, 6 minutes, the amazing fifth set is, by itself, longer than any match in recorded history. The previous record was 6 hours, 33 minutes set in a 2004 French Open match between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement. Isner and Mahut's fifth set passed the 6 hour, 33 minute mark in the 111th game.

    Even after 118 games, the fans weren't tired of the match. The crowd chanted, "We want more!" as the players and officials discussed calling the match.

    It was supposed to be a quick completion, but Wednesday's fifth set has lasted over five hours with the match itself going over eight hours, smashing all sorts of records along the way — longest time, most games and most aces in a match to name a few.

    Their dominant serves working to full effect, 23rd-seeded Isner and Mahut have rarely sniffed an opportunity on the other's racket. Isner came the closest, losing two match points on Mahut's serve at 32-33 and another at 58-59 to extend the drama. Mahut has had just one break point in the match, all the way back in the second set.

    The match is wearing out more than just the players. The official scoreboard on the Wimbledon web site, apparently ill-equipped to handle such a marathon, reset the fifth-set score to 0-0 once the players hit 50-50.

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    Insane. I was knackered just watching it!

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    ^^Me too! I think John looked as if he was going to collapse at times during that marathon. I would have hit the dirt a long time ago from exhaustion!

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    they're going to be so fucking sore! and how could their bodies handle this?!

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    It was an unbelievable match. They were falling over with tiredness and then they would play a winning shot!

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    Marathon man Isner loses in 2nd round at Wimbledon




    AP John Isner of the US reacts to a lost point during his match against Thiemo de Bakker of Netherland's




    By STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer Stephen Wilson, Ap Sports Writer 52 mins ago

    [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]WIMBLEDON[/COLOR][/COLOR], England One day after winning the longest tennis match in history, John Isner lost the shortest men's match at Wimbledon so far this year.

    The marathon man looked weary from the outset Friday, required treatment for a neck injury and was beaten by unseeded Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

    The match was over in just 1 hour, 14 minutes, and the five games won by Isner were the fewest by a male player this week.

    It was a complete turnaround from Isner's epic three-day victory over [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]Nicolas [COLOR=#366388 !important]Mahut[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR], which lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and went to 70-68 in the fifth set.

    What's more, Isner served no aces Friday after hitting a record 112 against Mahut.

    "I've never been this exhausted before," Isner said. "Mentally and physically, I was obviously a bit drained. I just didn't have much in the way of my legs. I was just low on fuel out there. Didn't really have a chance."

    Starting shortly after noon in warm sunshine, Isner received a standing ovation when he walked onto court. He immediately lost his serve something that didn't happen once in his 70-68 fifth set against Mahut.

    "The turnaround time he just didn't have enough time to get his body right," said Isner's coach, Craig Boynton. "He's one tired boy."
    Justine Henin and [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]Kim [COLOR=#366388 !important]Clijsters[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR], two Belgians making Wimbledon comebacks, won to set up a fourth-round showdown Monday.
    Clijsters, seeded eighth, beat No. 27 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-3. Henin, seeded 17th, defeated No. 12 Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-4.

    No. 4 Jelena Jankovic beat No. 28 [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]Alona [COLOR=#366388 !important]Bondarenko[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] 6-0, 6-3. No. 11 Marion Bartoli, the 2007 runner-up, defeated Greta Arn 6-3, 6-4.
    No. 3 Novak Djokovic reached the round of 16 by beating No. 28 Albert [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]Montanes[/COLOR][/COLOR] 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

    Isner didn't warm up before taking the court and showed up unshaven. He dropped the first set in 16 minutes, winning only nine points while committing 11 [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]unforced [COLOR=#366388 !important]errors[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR].

    "It was brutal," Isner said. "Things were looking pretty bleak right from the get-go."

    After the set, he took an injury timeout and received a neck massage from a trainer. Boynton said Isner's neck began to stiffen after the Mahut match.

    Following the loss, Isner pulled out of doubles before his first-round match with partner Sam Querrey, citing fatigue and a blister on his small left toe.

    "Your body's like, 'Hey, what are you doing to me here?'" Boynton said. "I mean, that match seemed like it was two weeks long."


    The crowd roared on Court 5 when Isner finally won a game after 32 minutes to trail 2-1 in the second set. His shots began to show more zip, but his movement remained sluggish. Several times he didn't even pursue shots, and when he buried a forehand in the net in the third set, he bent over with his hands on his knees.

    Seeing the toll the marathon took on Isner, de Bakker said he felt sympathy.

    "Of course," de Bakker said. "I mean, 70-68, it's pretty sick. People at home who didn't know it, watching it, I mean, they'll probably think it's a mistake. It's unbelievable."

    Isner's average first serve was 114 mph, well off his normal pace, which often tops 130. He won less than half his service points and never reached [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]break [COLOR=#366388 !important]point[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] on de Bakker's serve.

    "I wouldn't have bet a lot of money on him today," said Isner's mother, Karen. "But he did his best."

    The [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]listless [COLOR=#366388 !important]performance[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] was hardly surprising, given the victory over Mahut lasted a record 183 games and more than 11 hours of play.
    The records were mind-boggling:
    _Longest match: 11 hours, 5 minutes
    _Longest set: 8 hours, 11 minutes
    _Most games in a match: 183
    _Most games in a set: 138
    _Most aces: 215 (Isner 112, Mahut 103)
    _Most consecutive service games held: 168 (84 each)

    Isner said he plans to head home to Tampa, Fla., for a well-deserved break. What will he do?

    "Really just anything but tennis," he said. "I'll watch sports. I'll take in the World Cup. I'll go fishing. I'll do whatever. Just anything away from the tennis court."

    [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]Clijsters[/COLOR][/COLOR] and Henin will play each other for the 25th time, but in a Grand Slam for the first time since 2006. Their rivalry stands at 12-12 and has become friendlier over the years.

    "It's obviously not the same as in the beginning," Clijsters said. "We've definitely grown up. We've had great times together playing Fed Cup and just messaging each other on phones, teasing each other, fun, you know, relax. I think that's how I would have liked it to have always been."

    Both Belgians have mounted career comebacks from retirement. Clijsters last played at Wimbledon in 2006, Henin in 2007. Clijsters won their [COLOR=#366388 !important][COLOR=#366388 !important]previous [COLOR=#366388 !important]meetings[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] this year in Brisbane and Key Biscayne.

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    Poor Isner. All that effort and then he gets knocked out. If I were him, I would be sick of tennis too. I hope not permanently.

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    I didn't see the match, but I heard about it in the news, and man those two are going to be an epic story!

    Too bad Isner got knocked out so soon afterwards though

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