Top seed Isner into Newport quarters

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 09, 2012

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 Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
Top seed and defending champion John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis championships on Wednesday, beating France's Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 7-6 (2). The win by Isner featured the two players that played the longest match in tennis history. Two years ago, the pair played 11 hours, 5 minutes at Wimbledon, with Isner finally getting a 70-68 fifth-set victory. This one didn't have nearly the drama with the 6-foot-9 Isner using his overpowering serve to take charge. It ended when Mahut double faulted, ending the match in 1 hour, 18 minutes. Last year, the pair met again at Wimbledon, with Isner winning in three sets in a match that lasted about two hours.
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