John Isner Exits Wimbledon in 2nd Round

john_isnerAmerican 23rd seed John Isner crashed out of Wimbledon one day after setting several records, including the longest match in history. Isner, who appeared drained, lost, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, to unheralded Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands in their second-round clash.

Isner was a shadow of the man who matched Nicolas Mahut of France shot for shot for a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes in his 75-minute match against de Bakker. Just how bad Isner was against de Bekker? The American did not hit a single ace against de Bekker compared to a record 112 in his, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68, first-round marathon against Mahut.

Isner later pulled out of his first-round doubles match with partner Sam Querrey due to fatigue and a blister on his left foot.

Meanwhile, Belgians Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, who are both makin their Wimbledon comebacks, set up an intriguing fourth-round match by taking care of their assignments. Henin, the 17th seed, upset 12th seed Nadia Petrova, 6-1, 6-4, while eighth seed Clijsters thumped Russian 27th seed Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 6-3. Also advancing were Jelena Jankovic, Marion Bartoli, and men’s 3rd seed Novak Djokovic.