John Isner, whose 2010 match against Nicolas Mahut was the longest in history, faced another marathon today at Wimbledon against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga—and came out on the losing end, this time, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 19-17 as the Frenchman overcame a double fault in the decisive game to beat the American.
After talking shit about Stan Wawrinka’s girlfriend last night, Nick Kyrgios took on John Isner in the third round of the Rogers Cup today. The crowd in Montreal was well aware of his comments, and booed him when he walked onto the court. Kyrgios lost to Isner in two sets, and fans gave an encore as the 20-year-old…
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In sports, everyone is a winner—some people just win better than others. Like unseeded Thiemo De Bakker, who was granted a rare Wimbledon bye by being matched up with the injured, exhausted Isner.
If there's one thing we learned today, it's this: John Isner and Nicolas Mahut have exactly the same amount of tennis skill. But that still doesn't solve the problem of how to end their ridiculous grudge match.