Nicolas Mahut already had a special place in the Hall of Fame, but after his trifecta in Newport, R.I., he has permanently found a home.
A few hours after Serena Williams won the women's championship in Paris, the Bryan brothers followed with one of their own. Not a bad day for the Yanks.
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut needed only nine more hours to equal last year's marathon. But, alas, they fell a tad short.
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut embarked on an emotional and physical ride beyond their imaginations. But a year later, both embrace the history they created.
Records kept falling. The players grew exhausted. Even the scoreboard showed signs of fatigue. But John Isner and Nicolas Mahut refused to concede.
The first day felt like nothing more than routine. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut split four tight sets before darkness struck. Neither knew just how drastically they would change the history of the game.
It was the match that wouldn't end. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut battled through darkness and anguish for 183 games and three days. That was just one memorable moment of 2010.
After his historic performance, John Isner's body, and ultimately his serve, broke down in a spiritless Round 2 drubbing.
Overnight treatment: a recovery shake, pasta and an ice bath. Voila! John Isner had all the fuel he needed to take the final set 70-68.
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut battled their way endlessly into the record books. Now, we just need a resolution.