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Isner/Mahut Wimbledon Marathon: Does the Winner Lose?

What other adjectives can I use that haven't already been taken? Epic. Outstanding. Ridiculous.

Sure other players won today including Roger Federer who was tested again by qualifier Ilija Bozoljac while Venus Williams took out red hot Ekaterina Makarova, but it was a match that ended yesterday and that also ended tonight at 59-59 all in the final set with no winner in sight that has become not only the tennis match of the tournament, not only the match of the year, but one for all time. But even if a winner finally emerges (or collapses) tomorrow, will it even matter considering the physical and mental toll it could cost him the rest of the season?

The first round match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut today entered the history books on all levels of the sport: longest fifth set both at Wimbledon and in the Open Era, longest ever match at Wimbledon or at any other Grand Slam, most games ever played in a match in the Open Era, most aces ever served in a match and probably a few more I can't dig up. And if Taylor Dent hadn't hit a 149 mph ace in his losing effort to Novak Djokovic today, John Isner would have had the fastest serve in Wimbledon history.

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Tags: Isner, John, Mahut, Nicolas, Wimbledon

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