Mahut-Isner: 40-40. No, not deuce. That’s the score in the fifth set of this match at Wimbledon that has captured the attention of Americans recovering from Landon Donovan’s goal.
The stats boggle the mind. John Isner has 83 aces to Nicolas Mahut’s 69. Match duration: 458 minutes. ESPN’s crew has run out of superlatives.
Then come the stats that raise questions. Mahut has won 22% of his receiving points, and he’s 1-for-1 on his lone break point back in the second set. Isner has won 21% of his receiving points, and he’s 1-for-12 on break points … 0-for-3 in the fifth.
In other words, neither guy can return the other’s serve.
The way tennis has been going over the past several years, with racket technology and ramped-up serves, is that a surprise? And is that what we really want to see in tennis? Or is it time to tone down the rackets or move back the service line?