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VIDEO: American John Isner Defeats French Ace In Longest Tennis Match Ever

Jun. 24 2010, Published 8:50 a.m. ET

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And they call Robert Downey Jr. “Iron Man”: North Carolinian John Isner made history Thursday, beating Nicolas Mahut of France in the fifth set by a 70-68 margin at England’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, making for the longest official tennis match ever.

The first-round match at Wimbledon took 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days

The first-round match in the tourney lasted an amazing  11 hours and 5 minutes over  three days , with the fifth set lasting eight hours.

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Isner , a 25-year-old Greensboro native,   sealed his victory with a   backhand winner, then collapsed to his back as he tossed his racket in  triumph.

Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68. In the epic contest, Isner racked up 112 aces, while Mahut got 103.   

Isner  was also a collegiate hero, leading the University of Georgia to the 2007 NCAA tennis title.  

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