'epic' sequel comes up short
Published 22/06/2011 | 05:00
As is being currently demonstrated by 'The Hangover II', the sequel rarely matches the original.
And so it proved on the freshly built court No 3 last night, where American John Isner beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 7-6 6-3 7-6.
The match ended with a hug at the net, 123 minutes after it had begun -- which was just nine hours shorter than the last time they met.
"It was a lot quicker," said Isner, with some understatement. "I guess the chances always were it wasn't going to live up to last year."
He was right there. It was some act they had to follow. A first-round engagement of such spine-shrinking longevity, it has been commemorated in a plaque at the All England Club.
That engagement last June had concluded in a 70-68 final set, allowing the pair to become so familiar with each other's game that they subsequently turned out as doubles partners. (© Daily Telegraph, London)