Marathon Wimbledon Match Finally Ends

American Isner wins 70-68 in record-setting match
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2010 11:20 AM CDT
Marathon Wimbledon Match Finally Ends
John Isner of the US gestures during his epic men's singles match against Nicolas Mahut of France, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Wednesday, June 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – After three grueling days, American John Isner has won the longest match in tennis history, beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set. The two picked up the fifth set at 59-59 today, and continued on serve, with no break points coming until Isner hit a backhand passing shot to finish the contest in front of a packed crowd, the AP reports.

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"When you play a match like this, in an atmosphere like this, you don't feel tired out here, really, even though that's exactly what we both were. This crowd was fantastic," Isner told ESPN after the match. Asked about Mahut, he replied, "The guy is an absolute warrior. ... To be able to share this day with him was an absolute honor." (Read more John Isner stories.)

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