Marathon man Isner caught between opposites.
John Ishner, who triumphed in the longest tennis match in history beating his opponent at Wimbledon in an epic 11 hours and five minute encounter, lost to his opponent in the shortest match of the tournament so far.sports Updated: Jun 26, 2010 20:09 IST
John Ishner, who triumphed in the longest tennis match in history beating his opponent at Wimbledon in an epic 11 hours and five minute encounter, lost to his opponent in the shortest match of the tournament so far.
The American reached the second round after the longest match ever, taking 183 games and 11 hours and five minutes to beat Nicolas Mahut.
The final set alone contained 138 games before Isner triumphed 70-68.
On Friday, Isner was beaten in just 23 games spanning 74 minutes, the shortest match of the men's singles this year. Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker romped home 6-0 6-3 6-2.
Isner produced a world-record 112 aces against Mahut, but did not manage one against Bakker.
"It was brutal. When I went out there and hit that first serve and it didn't have much behind it, I knew I was in for some trouble," The Sun quoted Isner, as saying.
"I was mentally and physically drained. But I wasn't gonna quit. It wasn't like I was dying out there. I was just tired," he added.
Isner is now flying home to Tampa for a rest. "I'm going to have to stay off my feet as much as possible. I'll take in the World Cup, I'll go fishing, just anything away from the tennis court," he said.