Roger Federer, who owns a record 16 Grand Slam titles, including six at the All England Club, was among the fellow pros gushing about the enormity of this match."I knew it was probably a big deal around the tennis world, because this is Wimbledon, so anybody that follows tennis, all eyes are on this tournament," Isner said. "The four biggest tournaments of the year are the Grand Slams.
"It was when I got back to the locker room that I realized, you know, how big of a story it was, really, worldwide."And there's no rest for the weary now. ET) to face 49th-ranked Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands, whose own first-round victory normally would be considered something extraordinary, because it went to 16-14 in the fifth set. I have probably a good seven, eight years left to try to make a good run at 'em.
The 23rd-seeded Isner's 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 victory was merely a first-round match between two relatively unheralded players.
Yet it will be remembered far more distinctly -- and discussed far more frequently -- than many a Grand Slam final, not because of the stakes, certainly, or the quality of play, necessarily, but because of all the math involved."The numbers," Mahut said, "speak for themselves."To wit: The 183 games and total time, both far beyond the existing records of 112 and .
The 138 games and in the fifth set alone, also records.
Isner's 112 aces in the match, and Mahut's 103, both much higher than the old mark of 78.
WIMBLEDON, England -- When The Match That Would Not End finally did, at 70-68 in the fifth set, after a record 11 hours, 5 minutes spread over three days, the customary handshake between opponents simply would not suffice.
So when John Isner of the United States won the longest match in tennis history and went to the net to greet Nicolas Mahut of France, who -- for lack of a better word -- lost Thursday at Wimbledon, Isner pulled Mahut in for a hug."You know," Isner told the crowd moments later, "it stinks someone had to lose."Quite true.
"I just kind of was a little bit more fortunate than he was."As he basked in the crowd's standing ovation, Isner made sure to point in Mahut's direction and applaud, too.
There were moments the night before when Isner wasn't sure he'd be standing at the end.
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That was also the only service break of the seemingly interminable fifth set, ending a run of 168 consecutive holds that began in the second set, all the way back on Tuesday.