Tsonga beats Isner in Wimbledon epic
French 12th seed JoWilfried Tsonga beat American John Isner 19-17 in the fifth set of a gripping match on middle Sunday at Wimbledon.
Tsonga won 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 19-17 after four hours and 24 minutes on court two, as spectators enjoyed an unexpected extra day’s play.
Isner played the longest-ever match when he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon six years ago.
Tsonga will play compatriot Richard Gasquet in the fourth round today.
Asked if he thought of compatriot Mahut as the final set unfolded, Tsonga said: “A little bit. I was focused on the game but to be honest, once I said, ‘Wow! It’s going to be long like Nicolas.’”
Australia’s 15th seed Nick Kyrgios completed a 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4 win over Spanish 22nd seed Feliciano Lopez, and will next face Britain’s Andy Murray.