Tsonga beats Is­ner in Wim­ble­don epic

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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.

Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga

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