After letting 12 match points slip away in the fourth set, 35-year-old Tommy Haas came back from a break down in the fifth and beat John Isner 7-5, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (10), 10-8 at the French Open on Saturday.
The match lasted 4 hours, 37 minutes. That's brief compared to the 11-plus hours Isner played across three days during his victory over Nicolas Mahut in the first round at Wimbledon three years ago. Haas, like everyone else, associates Isner with that marathon to top all marathons.
"I was definitely hoping it wasn't going to go like in Wimbledon with him and Mahut. I was probably going to wave the white flag before that," the 12th-seeded Haas said. "That was not going to happen to me."