I used to think that Michael Chang’s victory over the top-seeded Ivan Lendl in the 1989 French Open was the quintessential Iron Man match. Well, move over Michael Chang. There are two new Iron Men in town, and their names are John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.
Earlier today, the American John Isner won his record-setting epic match against France’s Nicolas Mahut. As ESPN reports, the match took 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days and lasted so long it was suspended two nights in a row because of darkness. They resumed playing earlier today at 59-all before an overflow crowd on Court 18. They continued for 20 games and 65 minutes before Isner won. The sheer length of the match made for many broken records. Isner finished with 112 aces and Mahut had 103, with both totals eclipsing the sport’s previous high of 78.
Watch the video summary above and the interview below. This is one for the books. What an amazing match!