In the craziest match in tennis history, John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut, 4-6, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. That fifth set looks like a basketball score. Isner got Mahut on a backhand rocket, the shot that had been the weakest part of Isner's match. They played the equivalent of over three matches. Every length record was set in this 11:05 match; The fifth set alone was longer than any other tennis match every played before this game! It crossed over into the realm of the absurd, which is why there has been so much interest.
ESPN has treated it like more than a Wimbledon final, covering the match from the players' arrival at the court, showing every practice swing. Congratulations to both men for an incredible match. Fittingly, the All England Club presented both men and the umpire with special awards; One of those rare matches when it truly is unfortunate that someone had to lose. Even the queen was there. A cool sports event to have witnessed. Hey, if they played soccer, this could have ended 9 hours ago!