Isner has won the longest match in tennis history, taking the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut 70-68. The first-round match at Wimbledon took 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days. Isner closed out the victory Thursday with a backhand winner, then collapsed to his back as he tossed his racket in jubilation and relief.
Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.
Forget Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. And Barry Bond’s home run rec*rd. Isner-Mahut’s epic 70-68 fifth set is going to outlast them both. I don’t really have anything to say about it, except that it’s deeply awesome.