Isner-Mahut redux ends in straights

John Isner of the U.S. reacts during his match against Nicolas Mahut of France at the Wimbledon...

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)

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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.


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