|John Isner of the U.S. reacts during his match against Nicolas Mahut of France at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London June 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - In a rematch of their record- obliterating first-round Wimbledon match from a year ago, John Isner once again beat Nicolas Mahut, this time in straight sets, and in one day.
Last June, Isner and Mahut broke several tennis records in their opening-round odyssey that was played out over three days and took 11 hours and five minutes of court time to decide a weary winner.
The 6-foot-9 American Isner topped the French Mahut 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in just over two hours this time around.
Last year's epic was staged on Court 18, while the 2011 rematch was held on the brand-new Court 3 at the All England Club.
Court 18 now features a plaque commemorating the 2010 occasion.
Isner converted on his second match point Tuesday when Mahut sent one final forehand long. The two players combined for a mere 16 aces (8-8) this year, compared to last year's mind-boggling 216-ace onslaught, which included a record 113 bombs from the Georgia native Isner in the longest tennis match in history.
Last year's Isner-Mahut affair was decided in an incredible record 138-game fifth set, which the American ultimately won, 70-68.
Up next for the towering Isner will be 16th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.