Wimbledon Records Shattered By John Isner And Nicolas Mahut; Murray To Entertain Queen

Wimbledon 2010: John Isner was practically delirious after ten hours of tennis with resolute Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.

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June 23, 2010 - Wimbledon, United Kingdom - epa02218499 John Isner of the USA reacts during his first round match against Nicolas Mahut of France for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 23 June 2010. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut made tennis history at the Wimbledon Championships as they set a new record for the longest Grand Slam singles match ever.

Every year Wimbledon seems to excite and amaze in new ways.

The 2008 Wimbledon men’s final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal has been hailed as the greatest match of all time. 2009 saw an epic match between Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka under the Centre Court roof that became the latest ever finish at Wimbledon, while the final saw Andy Roddick take on Federer. The American lost an epic fifth set 16-14 to finish runner up to the Swiss maestro, but in fact won more games than Federer overall – yet still ended up on the losing side.

This year the excitement has begun early. Roger Federer came back from two sets down to defeat the plucky Colombian Alejandro Falla, while Novak Djokovic and Taylor Dent broke last year’s record for the latest ever finish, as their five setter was decided at 22:58.

Still, the biggest drama was to be found on court 18. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut are still deadlocked in their first round match, and the battle will resume on a third day. The pair have broken multiple records in their incredible tussle, which was called to a halt at 59-59 in the fifth set due to bad light. At ten hours, it is the longest tennis match of all time, and indeed the fifth set of 118 games (so far) has lasted over seven hours!

Furthermore, both players have broken the record for the number of aces in a tennis match, which was previously held by Ivo Karlovic, who hit 78 in a Davis Cup tie for Croatia. Isner has 98, while Mahut has 95.

It is therefore no surprise that Wimbledon tickets continue to be so popular every year, but which player will win is anybody’s guess!

Elsewhere, British number one Andy Murray takes on Finland’s best tennis player Jarkko Nieminen in front of the Queen on Centre Court, so had better practise his bow! Caroline Wozniacki, Chang Kai-Chen, Rafael Nadal and Robin Haase will also perform in front of Britain’s monarch, making her first appearance at SW19 since 1977 – incidentally the last time a British player won the trophy!

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