Mister Ace and the Marathon Man leaves the world of tennis

Mister Ace and the Marathon Man leaves the world of tennis
Mister Ace and the Marathon Man leaves the world of tennis

John Isner, although lacking major titles, will always be remembered by fans for his unforgettable match at Wimbledon. In the summer of 2007, Isner, a relatively unknown 22-year-old student from the University of Georgia, received a wild card entry into the Washington tournament of the US Open Series. Despite his limited experience in ATP tournaments, having only played one match on grass in Newport that same summer, Isner’s powerful serve helped him win five consecutive matches, including victories against Tim Henman, Tommy Haas, and Gael Monfils. He ultimately lost in the final to Andy Roddick. Interestingly, all five of his victories leading up to the final were won in tie-breaks of the deciding set, which was not surprising given his style of play. Isner later reached the third round of the US Open, where he lost to Roger Federer, but not before taking the first set from the Swiss in a tie-break.

Fast forward 16 years, and Isner played his final career match at the US Open, a fitting choice for his farewell. Once again, he received a wild card entry and won his first-round match. In the second round, he came close to victory, leading 2-0 in sets and earning a match point in the fifth set. However, he ultimately lost to a young compatriot. Users of Mostbet UZ yuklab olish had the opportunity to place bets on this match, where John was not the favorite.

In his last match, Isner gave it his all and struggled to contain his emotions. During a court interview, he bid farewell to the audience and later broke down in tears at the press conference. He expressed a range of emotions, stating that he was disappointed with the outcome of his singles match but also grateful for the opportunity to play one last time in such a special atmosphere. Isner mentioned that he was proud of his accomplishments throughout his career.

Isner will forever hold a place in tennis history for two notable reasons. The first is the legendary marathon match at Wimbledon in 2010 against Nicolas Mahut. This match holds the record for being the longest in tennis history. Isner and Mahut both hit over 100 aces, with Isner making 113 and Mahut hitting 103. Their combined total of 216 aces is also a remarkable record. The match, which lasted several days due to darkness, concluded with Isner winning the deciding set with a score of 70-68. The sheer duration and final score made this match unforgettable.

Another significant achievement for Isner was reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2018, coming just one step away from a Grand Slam final. He had wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Milos Raonic before facing Kevin Anderson in the semifinals. Isner lost in an epic match, surrendering the fifth set with a score of 24-26. This match prompted Grand Slams, including Wimbledon, to introduce tie-breaks in the deciding sets.

Isner also reached two quarterfinals at the US Open, in 2011 and 2018, losing to Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro respectively. His best season was in 2018 when he won his only singles title at the Miami Masters. During the tournament, Isner defeated top-10 players Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro, and Alexander Zverev.

One cannot overlook Isner’s record-breaking serves. He holds the title for the most aces in tennis history, with 14,470 aces throughout his career. He achieved this milestone in 772 matches, a record that is unlikely to be easily surpassed. John Isner’s name will forever be etched in tennis history.