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After three days, 11 hours and 5 minutes, John Isner finally defeated Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in the longest match in tennis history.

The 25-year-old American outlasted Mahut 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), 6-7(3), 70-68 in the first-round match Thursday. The match kept viewers glued to their TV screens since the historic fifth set continued with seemingly no end in sight Wednesday. It was suspended twice due to darkness — first on Tuesday night after four sets, and the second time Wednesday night at 59-all in the fifth set after 7 hours, 6 minutes of play during the day.

Play resumed Thursday at 3:43 p.m. local time Thursday and ended an hour and five minutes later when Isner hit a backhand passing shot down the line.

The previous record for the longest match was 6 hours, 33 minutes, set at the 2004 French Open between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement. Isner and Mahut's fifth set alone lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes.

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