John Isner's latest five-set, marathon win was overshadowed by David Nalbandian's outrage at a controversial call.
The towering American rallied from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat Argentine David Nalbandian 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 in a second-round match at the Australian Open that lasted for 4 hours, 41 minutes Wednesday, including a 99-minute deciding set.
Although the match didn't go nearly as long as Isner's amazing 11-hour, 5-minute battle with Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 - which the 6-foot-9 (2.06-meter) American won 70-68 in the fifth set - it certainly wasn't short on drama after an enranged Nalbandian complained that his request to challenge a line call was rejected by chair umpire Kader Nouni.
Like Wimbledon, the Australian Open doesn't use a tiebreaker to decide the final set in a five-set match. When the score reached 6-6 in the fifth, Isner and Nalbandian had already been on court in front of a packed house at Margaret Court Arena for 4 hours and the ...