John Isner Wins Longest Match in Tennis History

John Isner of Tampa, Florida won the longest match in tennis history against Nicolas Mahut of France 70-68 on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at Wimbledon.

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The 11 hour match between 23rd-seeded John Isner of Tampa, Florida and qualifier Nicolas Mahut of France began Tuesday, June 22 at Wimbledon 2010 in England. The game was suspended Tuesday and again Wednesday, when darkness permitted the match to continue. Isner and Mahut resumed play Thursday, June 24 in the 5th set, tied at 59-59. Isner finished with a total of 112 aces and Muhat finished with 103 aces.

John Isner, 25, won the first set of this match. Nicolas Mahut, 28, won the next two sets. Isner won the fourth set before play was suspended on Tuesday. The fifth set, lasting more than seven hours yesterday, was longer than any previous match in Wimbledon history. It resumed at 3:43 p.m. London time today on Court 18 with the score at 6- 4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 59-59.

The longest tennis match prior to this match had been 6 hours and 33 minutes at the 2004 French Open between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement, both of France.

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