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Published: Thursday, 6/24/2010

Isner beats Mahut 70-68 in final set

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WIMBLEDON, England — John Isner has won the longest tennis match on record by beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set at Wimbledon.

Picking up at 59-59 in the fifth set Thursday, the match continued on serve with no break points until the American hit a backhand passing shot to finish the contest in front of a packed crowd on Court 18.

Isner finished with a total of 112 aces and Muhat 103.

The first-round match surpassed the 11-hour mark stretching over three days. The fifth set alone went over 8 hours.



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