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The listless performance was hardly surprising, given the victory over Mahut lasted a record 183 games and more than 11 hours of play. The records were mind-boggling:

—Longest match: 11 hours, 5 minutes

—Longest set: 8 hours, 11 minutes

—Most games in a match: 183

—Most games in a set: 138

—Most aces: 215 (Isner 112, Mahut 103)

—Most consecutive service games held: 168 (84 each)

The drama of the match — which started on Tuesday and was suspended by darkness over two nights — overshadowed another historic occasion Thursday at the All England Club.

Queen Elizabeth II visited Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years, but stayed for only one match, sitting in the Royal Box to watch Britain’s Andy Murray win his second-round match in straight sets over Jarkko Nieminen.

The queen did not see top-ranked players Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams win their matches.

Hours after the queen left the grounds, Nadal took Centre Court. He fell behind two sets to one before rallying to beat Robin Haase 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, winning all 20 service points in the final set.

Nadal had been invited to meet the queen with other players earlier in the day, but defended his decision to practice for his match instead.

“I am playing in Wimbledon. It’s not a joke. I love this tournament,” Nadal said. “I have a lot of respect for the queen. I have a lot of respect for this tournament. Today is a match day for me, no? So I have my things to do.”

Serena Williams did meet the queen and was slightly disappointed by the curtsy she had been practicing for days.

“I couldn’t get as low as I wanted to,” she said.

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