Isner loses in 2nd round at Wimbledon
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 07, 2017 10:01 AM
John Isner of the United States returns to Israel's Dudi Sela during their Men's Singles Match on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
LONDON (AP) — John Isner's 45 aces were not enough for the 23rd-seeded American in the second round of Wimbledon. He lost to 90th-ranked Dudi Sela of Israel 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
The 6’10” (2.08-meter) Isner has quite a height advantage over the 5-9 (1.75-meter) Sela, but that didn't help on this day. One key to the match was Isner's inability to win any of Sela's service games in the fifth set, going 0 for 6 on break points.
Isner has never been past the third round at Wimbledon, where he won the longest match in tennis history in 2010, 70-68 in the fifth set.
"It's all between the ears, I think," Isner said. "I had opportunities, of course. When I don't go for it, bad things happen. That was the case throughout the whole match, me not going for it. That's why I lost."
Sela arrived at the All England Club this year with a 4-8 career record at the grass-court major, including six first-round losses. The only time he had made it past the second round until now was a fourth-round showing in 2009.
"It's very nice to be in the third round," said Sela, who will play 13th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov. "I had a lot of tough draws here at Wimbledon. In the first round, second round, they were tough draws. One year I had a good draw and I lost. It feels nice."