Starting shortly after noon in warm sunshine, Isner received a standing ovation when he walked onto court. He immediately lost his serve — something that didn’t happen once in his 70-68 fifth set against Mahut.
Isner didn’t warm up before taking the court and showed up unshaven. He dropped the first set in 16 minutes, winning only nine points while committing 11 unforced errors.
“Your body’s like, ‘Hey, what are you doing to me here?’” Boynton said. “I mean, that match seemed like it was two weeks long.”
The crowd roared when Isner finally won a game after 32 minutes to trail 2-1 in the second set. His shots began to show more zip, but his movement remained sluggish. Several times he didn’t even pursue shots, and when he buried a forehand in the net in the third set, he bent over with his hands on his knees.
“I wouldn’t have bet a lot of money on him today,” said Isner’s mother, Karen. “But he did his best.”View Entire Story
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