Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: John Isner of the United States of America plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
John Isner pulled it out at Wimbledon, but this one at the French Open was beyond him. At 9:12 p.m. Paris time Thursday, in the gathering gloom of the Philippe Chatrier Center Court, Isner hit a forehand fractionally wide on the sixth match point he was being asked to save. The victory, after 5 hours, 41 minutes, went to wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu, a Frenchman who knows all about the pain of losing marathons. Isner, who took 11 hours, 5 minutes, to beat another Frenchman, Nicolas Mahut, in a record-smashing match two years ago at Wimbledon, went down 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16 in a second-round duel that broke the French Open record for most games played in a fifth set. "I can't believe I won that match," Mathieu said. "I was just fighting, and I am so happy to win on this court in front of these fans." It has been a long 10 years since Mathieu suffered the humiliation of losing a two-set lead in the fifth rubber of a Davis Cup final against Russia at Bercy on the other sid...
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