John Isner Exits Wimbledon in 2nd Round
American 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.