(June 26, 2014) WIMBLEDON – No. 9 John Isner, who is no stranger to long matches at Wimbledon won a 19-17 tiebreaker in the opening set of his win over No. 62 Jarkko Nieminen. It proved to be the second longest tiebreaker in Wimbledon history, second to only Bjorn Borg’s in 1973 won by 20-18.
“That tiebreaker was something else,” said Isner. “Fortunately I won.”
Isner the lone U.S. man standing won the match 7-6 (17), 7-6 (3), 7-5, hitting 32 aces.
“I knew there was a possibility that I could take the court and be the last American, you know, as soon as I took the court because I was playing later than everyone else, He said.
“I guess it’s better than last year. We didn’t have anybody past the second round. At least there’s one guy past the second round.”
Isner is best known for winning the longest match in tennis history, an 11 hour, 5 minute win that ended 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010 against Nicholas Mahut.