Wimbledon 2010: Tampa's John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut in longest ever tennis match on record

12:04 PM, Jun 24, 2010   |    comments
John Isner returns a shot against Nicolas Mahut during the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. (Credit: Nicolas Luttiau/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)
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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- John Isner has won thelongest 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. The fifth set alone went over 8 hours.

 

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