LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Nicolas Mahut of France (R) stands next to John Isner of USA during the third day of their first round match on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

The Match That Wouldn't End: John Isner Finally Defeats Nicolas Mahut In Epic Fifth-Set Wimbledon Marathon, 70-68

It took three days and 138 games in a record-setting fifth set, but John Isner finally defeated Nicolas Mahut in the longest tennis match ever played. Follow along here for more updates and reaction from Ben Rothenberg of SB Nation's tennis blog, The Daily Forehand.

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Wimbledon: John Isner Finally Defeats Nicolas Mahut In Epic Fifth Set Marathon, 70-68

Mahut made the biggest move of the day thus far in the 137th game of the set, hitting a huge inside-out forehand to go up 0-30.

But predictably, Isner cleared the game to 30 win four unreturnable serves, quickly reversing the swing of momentum in a way more meaningful than anyone could have realized at the time.

Mahut’s 69th service game of the set started with an Isner forehand up the line that Isner thought was a winner, but was called out by the line judge, a call affirmed by chair umpire Mo Layani.

At 15-0, Mahut hit a forehand long for an error at a neutral point in the rally to even the game.

At 15-15, Isner slipped to the ground behind the baseline, but the drop shot that Mahut attempted to take advantage sunk to the bottom of the net.

At 15-30, under pressure, Mahut bravely ventured to the net, and finished the point with a touch volley for 30-30.

Mahut came to net again at 30-30, but was passed by a great Isner forehand up the line to give Isner his fifth match point.

And on that fifth match point, his first of the day, Isner finally ended it with another up the line passing shot winner, this one off the backhand side.

Isner collapsed to the ground in joy, a celebration more pronounced and more deserved than the usual fare saved for winning a slam.


Wimbledon: Isner-Mahut Will Resume At 3:30 PM London Time (10:30 AM EST)

Fans who staked out seating at Court 18 so they could see the conclusion of the historic first round match between Nicolas Mahut were treated to some pretty lopsided tennis in the meantime.

The two Ladies’ Singles matches preceding the resumption of Isner-Mahut lasted a total of 28 games, less than a quarter of the total games played in yesterday’s marathon fifth set.

Agnieszka Radwanska ran over Alberta Brianti 6-2, 6-0, followed by Flavia Pennetta beating Monica Niculescu 6-1, 6-1.

Isner-Mahut will air in the US on ESPNU.


Wimbledon: Isner-Mahut Will Resume As Third Match On Court 18 On Day 4

After two second round Ladies' Singles matches (Agnieszka Radwanska-Alberta Brianti and Flavia Pennetta-Monica Niculescu) scheduled to begin at 12:00 PM London time (7 AM EST), No. 23 John Isner and qualifier Nicolas Mahut will resume the fifth set of their incredible first round match with the score deadlocked at 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), 6-7(3), 59-59

Organizers have stipulated that even if the two preceding matches finish quickly, Isner-Mahut is not to resume before 3:30 PM London time (10:30 EST).

I wouldn't expect either Radwanska or Pennetta to need more than two sets to win their respective second round matches, so hopefully Isner-Mahut will be able to resume right at 3:30, or at least close to it.

Despite the enormity of this historic match, the organizers have decided to follow protocol and keep the match on small Court 18, a venue so far from the many of the other courts at Wimbledon that Jelena Jankovic once whined that it felt like she needed "a helicopter to go to my court."


VIDEO: Isner-Mahut Highlights...So Far

Kudos to the BBC for this package of the many…many serves, top shots and tired-looking fans from the John Isner and Nicolas Mahut mega-match that will continue on Thursday.

As the video says, to be continued…


Wimbledon: Isner-Mahut Stop Due To Darkness, Tied 59-59

Isner came out of the bathroom break the much fresher of the two, and reeled off three straight points on his serve, including one that finished with Mahut diving to the center of the court.  Isner seems to have lightened up some, laughing and smiling with the crowd.

The new looseness is paying off, as Isner forces deuce.  At deuce, Mahut pushes his second serve just long to give Isner his fourth match point, and his first in several hours. 

But Mahut saved it with his 95th ace, straight up the "T."

The second deuce saw Isner sail a second serve return long, causing him to bite his collar and look to the darkening skies in anguish.

And on his advantage, Mahut hit yet another service winner to Isner's backhand side, giving him the game.

After the hold, Mahut immediately walked to chair umpire Mo Layani and asked him to postpone the match due to darkness.   The tournament referee comes out to discuss the situation with the players, as  the crowd chants "We want more!"

It is eventually decided to halt play, despite some clear objections from Isner.

And so with exactly ten hours in the books already, Isner and Mahut will continue their first round match into Day 4 of the tournament. 

Just because today's story didn't have an ending doesn't mean that it's not one of the greatest in the history of sports.


Wimbledon: Roger Federer Drops Another Set, Wins In Four Sets

The Wimbledon men's draw's top seed, Roger Federer, had another tough match Wednesday in his second round match against qualifier Ilija Bozoljac. Federer won in four sets with a score of 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Federer, who battled back from two sets down in his first round match, had trouble finishing against the Serbian, converting only three of his 13 break point chances. Bozoljac didn't have a break on the day. Federer won the last set in tiebreak fashion by taking the final three points of the match after being down 5-4 in the tiebreaker. Bozoljac, ranked No. 152 in the world, is the fourth-ranked Serbian man.

Federer is seeking his seventh Wimbledon title. A win in this year's tournament would tie the record currently held by Pete Sampras.


Wimbledon: No. 5 Andy Roddick Completes Comeback Win Over Michael Llodra

Andy Roddick has closed out his tricky second round match against Frenchman Michael Llodra, winning the fourth set in a 7-2 tiebreak to take the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(2).

Roddick secured a mini-break in the fifth point of the tiebreak with a surprise backhand lob, and from there won the next four points as well.

Roddick exited the court with a jovial kick, clearly aware that most all in attendance care far more about the soccer being played at this same time.

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