John Isner loses marathon battle

Jun 02, 2012, 08:29 IST | AFP

US hopes at the French Open were extinguished on Thursday as marathon man John Isner was once again involved in an epic duel, the fourth longest in Grand Slam history, which this time he lost.

But after what turned out to be, at five hours 41 minutes, the second longest match in French Open history, Isner lost 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16 to French wildcard Paul-Henri Mathieu.

John Isner

Ironically it was against another Frenchman, Nicolas Mahut, that Isner played the longest match in history at Wimbledon in 2010 when he took 11 hours and five minutes.

“No, I mean, it’s more disappointing on how I lost it,” he said. “Just not, I don’t know, for whatever, six hours, really not doing what I should be doing. I don’t know. I just couldn’t free myself up the whole match ... but he’s a good player, and he was better than me today. He deserved to win.” — AFP

Men’s results
>> Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
>> Tomas Berdych bt Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4
>> Andreas Seppi bt Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
>> S Wawrinka bt Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-2 

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