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John Isner, left, walks off the court with opponent Nicolas Mahut following their epic men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships Thursday at Wimbledon. (Associated Press)

Isner wins record-setting match in fifth set, 70-68


By Steven Wine, AP Sports Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- When John Isner finally won the longest match in tennis history, he collapsed on the Wimbledon grass and then summoned one last burst of energy, springing to his feet to give his opponent a bear hug.

Isner hit a backhand up the line Thursday to win the last of the match's 980 points, and he beat Nicolas Mahut in the fifth set, 70-68.

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