Isner wins longest tennis match
By: By Steven Wine, AP Sports Writer, Superior Telegram
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — John Isner has won the longest match in tennis history, taking the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut 70-68.
The first-round match at Wimbledon took 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days. Isner closed out the victory Thursday with a backhand winner, then collapsed to his back as he tossed his racket in jubilation and relief.
Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.
The match lasted so long it was suspended because of darkness — two nights in a row. Play resumed Thursday at 59-all and continued for more than an hour before Isner won.
The American finished with 112 aces, and Mahut had 103. There were only three service breaks in the match, the last coming on the final point.