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Isner keeps it brief in loss

Wesley Chapel resident John Isner says he was “low on fuel” in a second-round loss after his 11-hour match wrapped up a day earlier.

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Wesley Chapel resident John Isner says he was “low on fuel” in a second-round loss after his 11-hour match wrapped up a day earlier.

WIMBLEDON, England — One day after winning the longest tennis match in history, John Isner lost the shortest men's match at Wimbledon so far this year.

It was back to normal, meanwhile, for defending champion Roger Federer, who showed he was back at the top of his game by sweeping Arnaud Clement in straight sets to reach the fourth round in his bid for a seventh Wimbledon crown.

Isner, a Wesley Chapel resident, looked weary from the outset Friday, required treatment for a neck injury and was beaten by unseeded Thiemo de Bakker 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

The second-round match was over in just 74 minutes, and the five games won by Isner is the fewest by a men's player this week.

It was a complete turnaround from Isner's epic three-day victory over Nicolas Mahut, which lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and went to 70-68 in the fifth set.

"I've never been this exhausted before," said Isner, who along with partner Sam Querrey pulled out of their first-round doubles match, which originally was to be played Wednesday but was postponed twice. "Mentally and physically, I was obviously a bit drained. I just didn't have much in the way of my legs. I was just low on fuel out there. Didn't really have a chance."

Starting shortly after noon in sunshine, Isner received a standing ovation when he walked onto court. He immediately lost his serve — something that didn't happen once in his never-ending fifth set with Mahut.

What's more, Isner served no aces after hitting a record 112 against Mahut.

"The turnaround time — he just didn't have enough time to get his body right," said Isner's coach, Craig Boynton. "He's one tired boy."

"I wouldn't have bet a lot of money on him today," said Isner's mother, Karen, "but he did his best, and that's what it's about."

No. 5 seed Andy Roddick let the second set slip away against No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber, then quickly regrouped, finishing with 28 aces in a 7-5, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-3 victory.

"I've done a good job of not saying a word out there this whole tournament, just going about my business the right way," Roddick said, "so I just tried to play the next point."

Roddick has lost three finals at the grasscourt Grand Slam tournament to Federer, and they are on track for a semifinal meeting next week.

After being taken to five sets in the first round, then four in the second, Federer was back to his best, beating 2001 Australian Open runnerup Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

"Obviously," Federer said, "this felt much better."

Federer saved the only break point he faced, hit 29 winners and only 12 unforced errors.

The most intriguing matchup already set for Monday is in the women's draw, where Belgians who have been ranked No. 1, won major singles titles and recently took sabbaticals from the tour — Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters — will play each other for the 25th time. The series stands at 12-all.

No. 8 Clijsters defeated No. 27 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-3, and No. 17 Henin eliminated No. 12 Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-4.

Venus Williams, a five-time champion at the All England Club, got off to a slow start, trailing 3-1, before overpowering No. 26 Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-2.


Today's top matches

Men — Philipp Petzschner (33) vs. Rafael Nadal (2), Gilles Simon (26) vs. Andy Murray (4), Robin Soderling (6) vs. Thomaz Bellucci (25), Jeremy Chardy vs. David Ferrer (9), Tobias Kamke vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) Women — Serena Williams (1) vs. Dominika Cibulkova, Caroline Wozniacki (3) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (29), Na Li (9) vs. Anastasia Rodionova, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Maria Sharapova (16)

TV: 7 a.m. ESPN2; noon Ch. 8

Isner keeps it brief in loss 06/25/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 25, 2010 10:10pm]
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