Shattered Isner exits Wimbledon

John Isner will put a sign on his door when he returns to Florida this weekend following his record-breaking Wimbledon marathon - gone fishing!

John Isner will put a sign on his door when he returns to Florida this weekend following his record-breaking Wimbledon marathon - gone fishing!

The 25-year-old American is to take a complete break from tennis after his epic first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut took its toll in spectacular fashion.

The 6ft 9in Isner was completely drained of energy when he returned to action today and was quickly despatched 6-0 6-3 6-2 by Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker, a player 30 places below him in the world rankings.

"I was just low on fuel out there," he said. "I didn't really have a chance."

Less than 24 hours after playing his part in the longest match in tennis history - comprising 183 games - Isner's clash with De Bakker was all over after just 25 games, the shortest of the men's singles at Wimbledon so far this year.

And, after being on court for a record 11 hours and five minutes spread over three days against Mahut, the 23rd seed was sent packing in just an hour and 14 minutes.

It was a major anti-climax for the crowd packed onto Court Five who gave Isner a standing ovation on his arrival but were left with little to cheer once the match got under way.

Isner produced a mammoth 112 aces against his French opponent but today could not summon the energy to find one and his demeanour from the start did nothing to encourage his new army of fans.

His head bowed and shoulders hunched at every missed shot, he resembled the figure that struggled to combat fatigue on Court 18 on Wednesday only this time there was no adrenalin to draw on.

"When I went out there and hit that first serve and it didn't have much behind it, I knew I was in for some trouble," he admitted.

"Mentally and physically, I was obviously a bit drained. I just didn't have much in the way of my legs. It was brutal."

Isner, who was also suffering from a stiff neck and a blistered little toe on his left foot, called for a medical time-out after the first set but the running repairs had little impact on a shattered mind.

Isner pulled out of the doubles, in which he and fellow American Sam Querry were ninth seeds, but never contemplated throwing in the towel against De Bakker.

"I wasn't gonna quit," he said. "It wasn't like I was dying out there. I was just tired."

De Bakker, on the other hand, began with the first of nine aces and, with a full day to recover from his own epic first-round match against Santiago Giraldo, was comparatively full of energy.

The 21-year-old Dutchman, who is in the third round for the first time, had lots of sympathy for his deflated opponent.

"After my first match, I was pretty tired as well but 16-14 is nothing anymore," he said.

"I was lucky that I had him in my second round. It would have been a bigger story if he had made it to the final but it's pretty tough when you've played 11 hours."

Isner will now return to Tampa - quicker than it took him to play his first-round match - and rest up before returning to action in his next scheduled event, the Atlanta Championships starting on July 19.

"I do have a nice break," he said. "I'm going to have to stay off my feet as much as possible for a while to let these blisters heal.

"I'm not going to be practising for at least four or five days. I'll take in the World Cup, I'll go fishing. I'll do whatever, just anything away from the tennis court."

Meanwhile, Isner believes this week's experience will stand him in good stead when he next challenges for the Wimbledon title.

After losing in the first round in 2008, he missed last year's tournament with mononucleosis but is confident of being able to put a run together.

"I think I can," he said. "Hopefully next year I can also play a tune-up event before this tournament.

"I think I do have the game to do very well here. It's just a matter of me making a couple of adjustments in my game."

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