Saturday 17 March 2018

Rematch for epic warriors Isner, Mahut

Caroline Cheese

The longest-match rematch is coming to Wimbledon next week after John Isner and Nicolas Mahut were drawn yesterday to face each other in the first round.

Last year, the pair played the longest match in tennis history at the All-England Club, with Isner winning 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7) 7-6 (3) 70-68 in a first-round match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes, stretching over three days.

"It's going to be pretty nuts," Isner said. "I couldn't believe it, I joked with him earlier in the week, last week, and said 'watch us play each other,' and he said 'no, there's no way, that's not even funny.'"

Meanwhile, defending champion Rafael Nadal was drawn in the opposite half from Roger Federer, meaning there is a chance of a fourth Wimbledon final between the two, while seventh-seeded Serena Williams and big sister, Venus, are in opposite halves in the women's draw.

Irish Independent

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