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Isner, Mahut play out longest match at Wimbledon

By Samyuktha

London, Jun 24: History was scripted at Wimbledon when John Isner of United States and Nicolas Mahut of France went head-on for 10-hours leaving legendary players such as Roger Federer and Andy Roddick wide-eyed with admiration and surprise.

The epic-battle started on Tuesday, Jun 22 and went all throughout Wednesday, Jun 23 and there are just hopes that it would end on Thursday, Jun 24. As of Jun 24 morning the played had played on for 13 hours.

"Seriously... doesnt anyone have to pee? Umpires included?" Andy Roddick tweeted during the final set.

Isner and Mahut eclipsed every record in the book in the first-round match which ended when the light faded at 9:09 pm on Jun 22. The pair locked up 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (3-7), 59-59 in the first round on Court 18.

The final set that lasted more than seven hours was alone longer than the longest match in grand slam history.

"Nothing like this will ever happen again - ever," panted John Isner after the 10-hour duel.

"It's just amazing. Everyone wanted to see the end of the match but we have to come back tomorrow." the American added on Wednesday, Jun 23.

The players, who have surprised and shocked the world with the great physical ability and skill, are in awe of each other.

"He's just a champion and we were just fighting like we never fought before," Mahut said while his American opponent said, "He was serving fantastically and I was serving fantastically, that was about it."

As for the tennis fans, this is probably the most surreal and mesmerizing match ever witnessed or ever played till date.

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Story first published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 11:36 [IST]
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