After three days of 215 aces, 980 games and 490 winners (combined), John Isner finally won the longest match in tennis history (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68) over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
This first-round-match was not played in its highest quality. The rallies are regularly short and these two players heavily relied on their serves to win a point. But no matter what, this was a match history and both players showed unparalleled firmness to hold games.
And the American who ranked 19th in ATP Singles Rankings (June 21, 2010) but seeded 23rd coming to Wimbledon came on top.
John Isner: “Not often do I steal the show from a guy like Federer, but I think I did.”
Earlier that day, Queen Elizabeth II visited the All England Club after 33 years and got the chance to talk with Britain’s number one, Andy Murray, and Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen after the match.