Again: Isner draws Mahut in 1st round at Wimbledon

June 17, 2011 - 5:59 AM
Wimbledon Longest MatchTennis

FILE - This June 24, 2010, file photo shows France's Nicolas Mahut sitting in his chair courtside following his loss to John Isner of the U.S. in their record-breaking men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon. No other match had lasted longer than 6 hours, 33 minutes, a time Isner and Mahut surpassed by more than 4½ hours. No other match had lasted more than 112 games; they played 183. The fifth set alone lasted 138 games over 8 hours, 11 minutes. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, Pool)

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The longest match rematch is coming to Wimbledon next week after John Isner and Nicolas Mahut were drawn Friday to face each other in the first round.

Last year, the pair played the longest match in tennis history at the All England Club, with Isner winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a first-round match that stretched over three days.

That match was played on Court 18, and a new plaque commemorates the epic contest, which lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes.

"Isner vs mahut drawing each other in the first round after last year is the most amazing thing I've seen in tennis! Centre court anyone?!" fourth-seeded Andy Murray said on Twitter.

Murray will face Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain in the first round, and could meet Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The second-seeded Serb will first face Jeremy Chardy of France.

Top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal was drawn to face Michael Russell of the United States. He could meet six-time champion Roger Federer in the semifinals. Federer will play Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the first round.

In the women's draw, seventh-seeded Serena Williams and sister Venus Williams are in opposite halves, setting up the possibility for a fifth sibling final at the All England Club.

The sisters have won nine of the past 11 Wimbledon finals. Serena, who has won four, is 3-1 against five-time champion Venus in the final match.