American John Isner Wins Longest Match in Tennis History

06/24/2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

American John Isner Wins Longest Match in Tennis History
From left: Nicolas Mahut and John Isner
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And the winner finally is … American tennis player John Isner!

Talk about stamina: After Isner spent a record-breaking 11-plus hours over a span of three days slugging it out against Nicolas Mahut of France on Court 18 at Wimbledon, he won the match, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68.

The athletes picked up play Thursday, after leaving the court tied 59-59 in the fifth set after the match was suspended Wednesday due to darkness.

So how did Isner feel going into day three of his epic first-round match – sore, sleep-deprived, exhausted?

None of the above: The tennis star Tweeted he "feels like a million bucks!!!" just hours before heading back out on court Thursday.

Isner's match is now the record books as the longest match in the history of tennis – not bad for leaving a lasting impression on Wimbledon and tennis fans.
American John Isner Wins Longest Match in Tennis History

John Isner celebrates his victory

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