Latest update: 24/06/2010
Isner comes out on top after Wimbledon's longest match ever
Wimbledon's longest tennis match ever finally came to a close on Thursday after US player John Isner (pictured) won the fifth set of an epic three-day match, 70-68, against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
By News Wires (text)
REUTERS - The world's longest tennis match finally ended at Wimbledon on Thursday when John Isner claimed the incredulous fifth set of a three-day epic against Nicolas Mahut 70-68 after 11 hours and five minutes on court.
The American 23rd seed ended the contest with a backhand passing shot after another hour of play on Court 18 after the match had re-started at 59-59 in the deciding set after it was stopped by bad light on Wednesday.
Isner completed an eye-watering 6-4 3-6 6-7 7-6 70-68 first-round victory with every vantage point taken by a packed crowd on Court 18.
Isner fell to the ground in disbelief and after the two players hugged at the net Mahut sunk into his chair and covered his head with his towel.
The previous longest match was the six hours 33 minutes epic between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement at the 2004 French Open.