By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
Tennis isn't supposed to last this long, but anything can happen at the All England Club. John Isner of Tampa, Fla., and Nicolas Mahut of France were tied at 59-59 in the fifth set at Wimbledon after exactly 10 hours of action when play was suspended because of darkness Wednesday night at Wimbledon.
"He's serving fantastic. I'm serving fantastic. That's really all there is to it," Isner said. "I'd like to see the stats and see what the ace count looks like for both of us."
The stats he wants to see are truly astounding. Isner has so far hit 98 aces, and Mahut 95. Both have far surpassed the previous high of 78.
At 9 p.m., as darkness settled in, Mahut approached the net and asked Grand Slam supervisor, Soeren Friemel if the match could be suspended. He couldn't see the ball any longer. "I want to play," Mahut said, "but I can't see."
Fans began to chant, "We want more! We want more!" and, "Centre Court! Centre Court!" which is the only court at the All England Club with artifgicial lighting.
The match will continue, stretching into a third day. But, Wimbledon gave them a bit of a break, saying the match would not pick up again before 3:30 p.m. Thursday. "He's just a champ. We're just fighting like we never did before," Mahut said. "Someone has to win, so we'll come back tomorrow and see who is going to win the match."