No. 10 men's tennis player John Isner seems to have a knack for extraordinarily long matches. If you recall, back in 2010 Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledown. On Thursday, he once again set a record, this time coming up on the losing end of the longest one-day match in the history of the French Open. The match also featured the longest fifth set at Roland Garros.
Unfortunately for Isner, he was not able to prevail this time around, falling to Paul-Henri Mathieu in five sets. The final line is the double-take-inducing 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16. Isner is eliminated with the second-round loss, meaning there are no more U.S. men remaining in the tournament.
In other men's second-round action on Thursday, No. 4 Andy Murray advanced by defeating Jarkko Nieminen in four sets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced by prevailing over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, also in four sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. No. 2 Rafael Nadal had little trouble advancing past Denis Istomin, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.
On the women's side, No. 4 Petra Kvitova defeated Urszula Radwanska in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. The match between No. 2 Maria Sharapova and Ayumi Morita was postponed.
You can see a full French Open scoreboard at SI.com.