Wimbledon Day 4: Lightweights
Posted by gauloises1 on June 25, 2010
After a mere 11 hours and five minutes played, 183 games, 980 points, 215 aces, 490 winners, and 3 service breaks, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6 and 70-68.
And celebrated very appropriately.
I didn’t really approve of the somewhat forced presentation presided over by Inverdale after the match – nor of asking Mahut to address the crowd and pose for pictures when he was clearly and understandably devastated – but given that Isner gets a mere second round spot and Mahut a cheque for £11,000 or so, I suppose the occasion had to be marked in some fashion other than the dignified round of applause it deserved. Let’s be honest though, this match veered into surreal territory and out again several times over the past three days, and by the time it reached 20-all in the fifth or so nobody was really playing for that second round spot and certainly nobody was playing for the cheque. They were just playing to win; stubbornly, doggedly, to be the last man standing. And in the process I don’t think it’s going too far to say that they redefined people’s ideas of what tennis players, as physical specimens and competitors, are capable of doing.