Winner of Longest Tennis Match in History Whipped in Second Round - NBC Bay Area

Winner of Longest Tennis Match in History Whipped in Second Round



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    The shortest match in this year's Wimbledon tournament was lost by the man who won the longest match in tennis history.

    Iron man John Isner left it all on the court in his epic three day battle with Nicholas Mahut in the first round of the All England Cup.

    That's why it took unseeded Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands just 75 short minutes to dispatch the American in the next round.

    Isner, 25, showed up to the second round match unshaven, and did not bother to warm up.

    "It was brutal," the marathon man from Tampa said after the match. "Things were looking pretty bleak from the get go."

    Isner won only 9 points in the match and dropped his first set in 16 minutes.

    Elsewhere in the tournament, Isner's countrymen fared better.

    The mercurial Andy Roddick, who has reached the finals three times previously at Wimbledon, battled his way through to the second week of the tournament.  The fifth-seeded American downed German Phillip Kohlschreieber in the third round to earn himself another shot at the elusive British crown.

    Erratic Andy proved poised against Kohlschreiber, despite some struggle.  After winning the first set but dropping the second, a mature Roddick tightened up his game to finish with 28 aces. 

    "You used to see negativity carry over and linger for a few games," Coach Larry Stefanki remarked after the match.  "He's done such a better job over the last year of letting things go."

    Roddick's cool-headed play puts him on a collision course with Roger Federer in the semifinals, the man who handed him a heartbreaking loss on the same grass courts last year.  Federer defeated a surging Roddick after an epic four contest.

    On the women's side, 4-time Wimbledon winner Serena Williams will meet the Russian shrieker Maria Sharapova in 4th round play Monday.  Top-ranked Serena is serving at the top of her game, rolling over 46th ranked Dominika Cibulova of Slovakia 6-0, 7-5.

    "Serving that well feels awesome," Williams said.  "I serve well at Wimbledon for some unknown reason.  I want to keep doing it.  I ish I could serve like this every tournament."

    Sharapova, who had surgery to her shoulder in 2008, is flashing her old brilliance in the tournament.  Nevertheless, she entered seeded 16th, which is why the two titans will meet each other in an early round.