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John Isner finally completed an 11-hour, five-minute first-round victory over three days that represents his first-ever Wimbledon victory.

His reward?

A second-round match on Friday.

Good luck.

Actually, it doesn’t matter how Isner fares in the second-round against Thiemo De Bakker. He and Nicolas Mahut have already made the 2010 version of Wimbledon a tournament to remember.

About the only thing that could top their five-set marathon – Isner won the final set, 70-68 – would be another classic title match like last year’s 30-game final set between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.

I don’t want to jinx Isner and cause another marathon match but I did notice that De Bakker also was involved in a pretty lengthy first-round match. He defeated Santiago Giraldo 16-14 in the final set of a match featuring 74 games.

Of course, that falls far short of the record 183 games it took Isner to edge Mahut. The previous record for games played was 112. The match lasted 4 1/2 hours longer than the previous record long match of six hours, 33 minutes.

The more I think about it, Isner and De Bakker could be playing for a long time if neither one is out of gas.

Here are some of the “vital statistics” provided by http://www.wimbledon.org

Match duration: 11 hours, five minutes
Fifth set duration: Eight hours, 11 minutes
Total number of games: 183
Fifth set number of games: 138
Total number of points: 980
Isner aces: 112
Mahut aces: 103
Combined aces: 215
Isner winners: 246
Mahut winners: 244

Here’s Wednesday’s MrSportsBlog report that chronicled the first 10 hours of the match: https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/historic-wimbledon-match-may-never-end/

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John Isner and Nicolas Mahut will finish off their epic Wimbledon first-round singles match on Thursday.

Maybe.

The two men’s tennis players were supposed to complete their match on Wednesday after it was suspended on Tuesday night due to darkness.

Didn’t happen.

Oh, they played on Wednesday. And played … and played … and played … and played some more.

Nothing was decided even though they hit volleys and served aces and made dramatic shots for seven hours and six minutes.

The two players are tied 59-59 in the fifth set in one of the most unbelievable tennis matches ever played.

They have played 10 hours of tennis over two days, easily breaking the previous record of six minutes, 33 seconds for a match set at the 2004 French Open when Fabrice Santoro defeated Arnaud Clement.

Think about that, the fifth set has gone on longer than the previous record for an entire match.

The festivities began Tuesday like a typical tennis match. Isner won the first set 6-4 before Mahut notched 6-3 and 7-6(7) victories. Isner that won the fourth set 7-6(3) to even the match at 2-2.

They took the court Wednesday to play the decisive final set. Only it kept going … and going … and going.

Got to love those kind Wimbledon officials – Isner was scheduled to play doubles on Wednesday but the match was postponed as the singles’ match stretched on and on. And on and on and on.

Isner and Mahut played 118 games of tennis during a single set on Wednesday – the previous record for an entire match was 112 games – in an unbelievable display of endurance and mental strength.

It’s hard to believe either player having anything left for a second-round match … oh wait, they still have this first-round marathon to finish.

Perhaps it’s better to label this match an Ironman competition than a marathon.

You may remember the terrific Wimbledon final last year where Roger Federer outlasted Andy Roddick in a marathon fifth set. That seemingly never-ending final set concluded at 30 games – 16-14 in Federer’s favor.

Isner and Mahut played 88 more games than that on Wednesday alone.

Remarkable. Incredible. Amazing. Epic.                                    

Whatever word you pick, nothing fully describes what is transpiring between these two players.

The historic match will continue Thursday, we know that much.

But the real question is this: Will it end on Thursday?

The year 2009 is over and the things that stand out to me about the world of sports are things that truly display that the fun and games are no longer the most memorable part about sports.

When I reflected on the sports world over the year that just ended — the first three things that came to mind were the Tiger Woods scandal, the Steve McNair killing and Alex Rodriguez and his steroids use.

When those are the first three things that come to mind, it speaks volumes.

When I thought long and hard, I recalled that Stewart Cink won the British Open over Tom Watson in a playoff but nobody was talking about that in terms of major golf stories.

It didn’t take long to remember that the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl but that accomplishment didn’t compare to the murder of a recently retired NFL star when it came to biggest NFL stories. Just think about how stunned you were on July 4th when you first heard McNair had been shot to death.

I can remember the Anaheim Angels (there will be no formal use of the official Los Angeles part of the name on this Web site) making miscues in the ALCS and opening the door for the New York Yankees and Rodriguez to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series but A-Rod’s early-year admission of steroids use dwarfed his postseason heroics.

When the scandalous stuff comes to mind before championships (North Carolina w0n the NCAA basketball tournament) and major accomplishments (Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game), there is only one question to ask:

What in the name of TMZ is going on here?

But it works like that now for nearly every sport. Think about college basketball and you think of things like Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s sexcapades in the restaurant before you recall that epic six-overtime tilt between Syracuse and Connecticut. Think about tennis and you recall Serena Williams’ outburst during the U.S. Open semifinals more than the epic Wimbledon final in which Roger Federer outlasted Andy Roddick 16-14 in the final set.

Geez, think about swimming and you think about Michael Phelps and his bong before anything he did in the pool in 2009.

Think of hockey and, um, yeah, um, well, nothing scandalous immediately comes to mind because the NHL is so far out of the mainstream sports consciousness these days. It’s not like the Wayne Gretzky days or the New York Islanders dynasty years when there was at least some intrigue. I’m going to have to look it up right now to tell you which team is the reigning Stanley Cup Champions (pause for seven seconds here … feel the suspense as Google loads … ok, got the answer — the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games.)

I’d think about the NBA but I never think about the NBA until the second round of the playoffs begin.

That leaves NASCAR left to dissect — hey, they ought to be proud Jimmie Johnson is always the biggest story. Class guy at the top of his sport who appears to be a great family man. Seems to have the perfect life.

Yikes … hope I didn’t just jinx the Granite Hills High alumnus. People would have said similar stuff on the first day of 2009 about another superstar.

A guy named Tiger Woods.