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French Open 2012: John Isner Loses An Epic Match With Paul-Henri Mathieu

Two years ago, former Georgia Bulldog John Isner played the longest match in Wimbledon history. The match lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over three days as Isner emerged victorious.

On Thursday, Isner played the longest match in the history of the French Open against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. The match lasted five hours and 41 minutes and the final set took two hours and 28 minutes to complete. The difference? Isner came out on the losing end.

The match itself required 76 games, 31 fewer than his epic Wimbledon performance and Mathieu won 233 points to Isner's 217.

If there is any consolation for Isner, he was the last American tennis player standing at Roland Garros.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.