Tsonga outlasts Isner in another Wimbledon marathon


Another five-set Wimbledon marathon against a Frenchman ended in defeat for John Isner as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came out on top of a big-serving battle to reach the fourth round.

Six years ago, Isner and Nicolas Mahut played out the longest tennis match in history - the American winning the fifth set 70-68 after three days of action were required to split them.

Sunday's match did not quite reach that record-breaking realm, Tsonga eventually winning 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 19-17 after almost four hours of play on Court Two across Saturday and Sunday.

The players shared 59 aces in the match, Isner firing down 38, while the American also hit 101 winners, although he was typically erratic and also committed 53 unforced errors.

An all-French affair awaits Tsonga in the next round, where Richard Gasquet is lying in wait, having beaten Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in four sets.