Roland Garros R2 : Mathieu def. Isner 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4 3-6 18-16 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Roland Garros R2 : Mathieu def. Isner 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4 3-6 18-16

Action Jackson
05-31-2012, 08:08 PM
After all the crap Paulo has had recently, great win for him. Isner played his part of course saving 6 match points.

ciprianned
05-31-2012, 08:09 PM
E P I C

Chirag
05-31-2012, 08:09 PM
:bowdown:

Titi
05-31-2012, 08:09 PM
ISner is a joke tbh. Plays to the level of his opponent.

alter ego
05-31-2012, 08:09 PM
Great match.

SheepleBuster
05-31-2012, 08:10 PM
Smart move by Isner. He would have ruined his season again trying to go 70 more games

Deathless Mortal
05-31-2012, 08:10 PM
Well done Paulo! :yeah:

Allez
05-31-2012, 08:10 PM
Fantastic match!!!!!!!!!! Well done PHM :yeah:

green25814
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
PHM gains revenge for Mahut, great win for him :)

Isner, amazingly clutch but couldn't move properly at the end, which is killer on clay

maiden
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
So happy for him!

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
Hehe, amazing, one of the biggest chokers of the decade wins the longest 5th set in terms of games in the Roland Garros history against the all-time record holder n these circumstances :worship:

vojomocart
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
After all the shit that happened to PHM in the last 2 years, this is called karma.
John was barely walking in the last few games.

Match of the year so far......

Say Hey Kid
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
Isner legs went on him. What a match and moment from Mathieu. Never lost confidence, and suprisingly never looked too tired. If he can recover, he has a chance in the next round as well.

Action Jackson
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
Moments like this after the operations make it worth him coming back. Won back to back 5 setters, going to need the ice bath big time.

Joked about his choking in the past, great atmosphere and great effort from Isner as well.

FedererBulgaria
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
Epicccccccc

Johnbert
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
it was nid at the end of the match, that big john will lose it. he looked tired and had no chance at return.

but fantastic how he saved 6 mps :hatoff:

nole_no1
05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
Epic match. Mathieu winning back to back 5 setters :worship:

Gladiator
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
Wow, great match from both

I was hoping to have another 70 -68 games

LastRocket
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
Paulo would have lost that 5th set, a few years ago. Congrats Paulo :bowdown:

henke007
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
Isner wanted out of the match, bad memories from W.

SheepleBuster
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
Hehe, amazing, one of the biggest chokers of the decade wins the longest 5th set in terms of games in the Roland Garros history against the all-time record holder n these circumstances :worship:

Clay helped him :)

Ome
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
Yes.
:woohoo:

barahmasa
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
:crying2:

:bigcry:

I would curse that annoying frenchman if he hadn't had that much bad luck with injuries last years so I'll just say: :hatoff: PHM. :(

Rumour
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
Yesssssssssssss :devil:

tripwires
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
John :sobbing:

Great match. PHM deserved this. Clutch serving by John to save those match points but just ran out of gas in the end.

Drugs Ruin Lives
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2exvbr3i51r5zj0f.gif

Good result for tennis.

It is no coincidence that the two longest matches in recent years both involved this boring, muggish, anti-tennis Isner. Disgusting match.

Smoke944
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
This match unfortunately highlights why John is never going to achieve much at a Grand Slam. We're talking about clay, not carpet, yet for sets at a time he was missing every other routine ball from the baseline. Can't beat decent players like that.

OnyxRose
05-31-2012, 08:12 PM
The real winner is next round's opponent.

silverwhite
05-31-2012, 08:13 PM
So happy for him :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

Puschkin
05-31-2012, 08:13 PM
:worship: Paolo.

This might compensate for all the cruel defeats and for the tough injuries he had in his career. Well deserved moment of joy on Chatrier for him!

Chris Kuerten
05-31-2012, 08:13 PM
That call at 12-11 was too sick, would've been another two matchpoints if the line judge wasn't a complete retard.

Björki
05-31-2012, 08:13 PM
great win PHM :yeah:

Isner :awww:

aussie_fan
05-31-2012, 08:13 PM
Respect to both players, great match. Was going for Isner but his legs just gave up in the 5th, was very clutch saving those match points.

Chirag
05-31-2012, 08:13 PM
great match really :worship:
congrats to PHM

rocketassist
05-31-2012, 08:14 PM
Two gladiators. Great tennis.

Enjoyed it :yeah:

Good for the sport whoever won.

Sunset of Age
05-31-2012, 08:14 PM
Amazing match.
Isner could barely move anymore towards the end of it, but he stayed very clutch as long as could manage to stay upright on his feet. And what a great victory for PHM!

:hatoff: :hatoff: :hatoff: to both!

lalaland
05-31-2012, 08:14 PM
5th set epic on Chatrier and Paulo won. JOY! Allez Paulo.

henke007
05-31-2012, 08:14 PM
Granollers to R16 for sure lol

ImmzB
05-31-2012, 08:15 PM
Allllllllez Mathieu!! :woohoo:

Great win for him! :bigclap:

Moozza
05-31-2012, 08:15 PM
I don't think Mathieu will win his next match. If he does he is the real GOAT.#

CooCooCachoo
05-31-2012, 08:15 PM
:worship:

The # of BPs Mathieu had vs. Isner shows you that the right player won (24 vs. 4).

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 08:15 PM
Wow, great match from both

I was hoping to have another 70-68 games

Isner today at 10:10 was already as tired as at 40:40 against Mahut.

misty1
05-31-2012, 08:15 PM
YES!

great win for PHM

isner is

born_on_clay
05-31-2012, 08:16 PM
Let's play best of 7 without any tiebreaks - it's inhuman what players are doing these days...

CooCooCachoo
05-31-2012, 08:16 PM
The real winner is next round's opponent.

That match is looking to go the distance too. Probably nothing like 18-16, but a fifth set nonetheless.

nellis_lv
05-31-2012, 08:17 PM
Allez !!

Xristos
05-31-2012, 08:17 PM
Really happy for Paul.

Gagsquet
05-31-2012, 08:17 PM
:yeah: you are a legend. I forgive you for the 2002 Youzhny loss today.

sammy01
05-31-2012, 08:17 PM
got to be happy for PHM whether you like him or not. isner doesn't take enough risks on returns and in rallies for me, as a result he gets drawn into matches going much much longer than they need to.

french men are having a great tournament so far.

latso
05-31-2012, 08:17 PM
Redempton achieved.

Youzhny DC drama in the past.

Great win Paulo, keep them comming

Har-Tru
05-31-2012, 08:18 PM
I tuned in when the score was 15 all in the final set. Took me a while to figure out what was going on. :lol:

Guille.
05-31-2012, 08:18 PM
Love you Paul:sobbing::inlove:

zlaja777
05-31-2012, 08:18 PM
Well done to both.

oneandonlyhsn
05-31-2012, 08:18 PM
What a big win for Paulo, after all he has been through he deserves all the success that comes his way. Hope he recovers properly as he has a good chance in the next match.

Roger the Dodger
05-31-2012, 08:18 PM
Big time! Two winners! No losers in such scenarios.

I always feel the longer the match goes on, the lesser there is a loser.

John is SUCH A CLASS ACT! No excessive arguments. Simple shake hand and he goes out. Wow!

SheepleBuster
05-31-2012, 08:18 PM
5th set tie break after 10-10. it's only fair

scoobs
05-31-2012, 08:21 PM
John :hug:

So happy for Paulo right now - that win means the world to him.

MariaV
05-31-2012, 08:22 PM
:hatoff: & :bowdown: to both!

It's so good to see Paulo back! :D
Hope Big John will recover well for the grass court torunaments. :hug:

Vinceremo
05-31-2012, 08:25 PM
So happy for Mathieu, I've never really cheered for him but today was an exception. It was so deserved in the end. From what I saw, he was by far the better player in most rallies and worked hard showing a lot of heart and determination. Definitely one of the most emotional wins in his career and of course one of those matches he'll never forget, for sure. Great one.

miniglik
05-31-2012, 08:25 PM
Isner was pretty much screwed when it went past 10-10. The longer it goes, the more he's likely to lose-by-winning AND lose-by-losing.

I feel bad for him. With Great Length Comes Great Immobility. He makes the most of it, but still gets sucked into this kind of trap way too often.

siffleanimaux
05-31-2012, 08:26 PM
isner is such a clown. his matches should be last on every court on any schedule from now on.

siffleanimaux
05-31-2012, 08:27 PM
good win for mathieu but :yeah: thanks for taking out that allserve mug

silverwhite
05-31-2012, 08:28 PM
Hehe, amazing, one of the biggest chokers of the decade wins the longest 5th set in terms of games in the Roland Garros history against the all-time record holder n these circumstances :worship:

Exactly what I was thinking. Makes this victory all the sweeter :sad:

Gusztav
05-31-2012, 08:28 PM
A win to remember for PHM. :hatoff:

Action Jackson
05-31-2012, 08:29 PM
Mathieu crying in post-match interview: "If I worked so hard to come back, it was to experience moments like this.

Ad Wim
05-31-2012, 08:30 PM
Absolutely awesome for PHM after all injury problems and the matches he lost like this.
Great for him that he wins such a match on this stage.

ElMix
05-31-2012, 08:30 PM
Phew, I thought he'd lose after Isner saved 3 match points.

Hats off to both.

CooCooCachoo
05-31-2012, 08:30 PM
Isner was pretty much screwed when it went past 10-10. The longer it goes, the more he's likely to lose-by-winning AND lose-by-losing.

I feel bad for him. With Great Length Comes Great Immobility. He makes the most of it, but still gets sucked into this kind of trap way too often.

With great length doesn't come a crap return though. And with great length comes a great serve. Can't really feel sorry for him, as he wouldn't have cracked the Top 10 without his length IMO.

dencod16
05-31-2012, 08:31 PM
The real winner is next round's opponent.

I dont think its the same as the mahut-isner match, cause mathieu has one day rest. Isner played consecutive days all day against mahut. Not impressed with the match long scoreline but not good tennis.

Roger the Dodger
05-31-2012, 08:32 PM
Mathieu crying in post-match interview: "If I worked so hard to come back, it was to experience moments like this.

Mathieu! :hug:

So good to have you back! Now stay pumped up for the rest of the tourney!

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 08:32 PM
And the funny thing is, the match between Granollers and Jaziri has been suspended so Mathieu isn't chanceless in the third round :)

TennisOnWood
05-31-2012, 08:35 PM
And the funny thing is, the match between Granollers and Jaziri has been suspended so Mathieu isn't chanceless in the third round :)

Is this now the second longest 5th set in turms of time?

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 08:36 PM
Is this now the second longest 5th set in turms of time?

Which one? Isner-Mathieu is the second longest in Paris.

Ibracadabra
05-31-2012, 08:36 PM
Better player won.

KoOlMaNsEaN
05-31-2012, 08:37 PM
Another Isner match that goes the distance :yawn:

Shirogane
05-31-2012, 08:37 PM
So good, this one! Especially after the big matches he lost on the same court against Agassi and Nadal. :sobbing:

"Even if I had lost", as he was saying to Monfort on court after the match. :worship:

But not today, Paulo, not today. :yeah:

TennisOnWood
05-31-2012, 08:39 PM
Which one? Isner-Mathieu is the second longest in Paris.

I thought they are 3nd behind Roddick and El Aynaoui

GSMnadal
05-31-2012, 08:41 PM
Only 18-16? You disappoint me, John

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 08:41 PM
I thought they are 2nd behind Roddick and El Aynaoui

In terms of games in the 5th set in majors it's 5th place:

70-68 Isner d. Mahut
21-19 Roddick d. El Ayanoui
20-18 Philippoussis d. Schalken
19-17 McNamee d. Nelson
18-16 Mathieu d. Isner & T.Svensson d. Andrews

SERVivor
05-31-2012, 08:41 PM
I thought PHM would win in four after he easily closed out the 3rd set. Then when John pushed it to a fifth, I thought he'd win. Then, when John stopped serving bombs around 11-11 I felt PHM had him. Great win for PHM.

TennisOnWood
05-31-2012, 08:42 PM
In terms of games in the 5th set in majors it's 5th place:

70-68 Isner d. Mahut
21-19 Roddick d. El Eyanou
20-18 Philippoussis d. Schalken
19-17 McNamee d. Nelson
18-16 Mathieu d. Isner & T.Svensson d. Andrews

No, in terms of time :D

Renaud
05-31-2012, 08:45 PM
:yeah: you are a legend. I forgive you for the 2002 Youzhny loss today.
Funny i thought i was in the Gasquet/Dimitrov thread and you just mixed up the years.

silverwhite
05-31-2012, 08:46 PM
Funny i thought i was in the Gasquet/Dimitrov thread and you just mixed up the years.

Brilliant connection :hysteric:

Gusztav
05-31-2012, 08:46 PM
via Tennis.com :stupid:

http://i.imgur.com/PyJvc.jpg

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 08:52 PM
No, in terms of time :D

4th in terms of time in majors:

Isner d. Mahut (11:05)
Santoro d. Clement (6:35)
Djokovic d. Nadal (5:53)
Mathieu d. Isner (5:41)

Mjau!
05-31-2012, 08:53 PM
This match was not "epic" or "awesome" but frustrating and tedious. Players like Isner are so awful to watch.

:zzz:

Gagsquet
05-31-2012, 08:54 PM
Funny i thought i was in the Gasquet/Dimitrov thread and you just mixed up the years.

:lol:

Gasquet a legend for beating DImitrov :haha:

Matt01
05-31-2012, 08:57 PM
So happy for Paul-Henri :awww: :yippee:

Those forehand dropshots from Isner were really something special :inlove: :spit:

timafi
05-31-2012, 08:58 PM
Paulo :hatoff: :hatoff: :hatoff:

Renaud
05-31-2012, 08:59 PM
:lol:

Gasquet a legend for beating DImitrov :haha:
Well, first time ever he beat a player cramping during more than two sets :worship:

Titi
05-31-2012, 09:02 PM
This match was not "epic" or "awesome" but frustrating and tedious. Players like Isner are so awful to watch.

:zzz:

Got to agree, gets annoying after a while.

Nothing on Isner Mahut of course, I had a bet on Isner that day and had to wait half a week to get paid.........:eek:

rocketassist
05-31-2012, 09:03 PM
This match was not "epic" or "awesome" but frustrating and tedious. Players like Isner are so awful to watch.

:zzz:

:zzz: back at ya.

Serving is a talent, part of tennis and is a great shot to master.

Quit crying about it.

RIboy
05-31-2012, 09:05 PM
not a good day for Isner but at least he broke lendl's record for lowest number of fans cheering someone during a major match

rocketassist
05-31-2012, 09:05 PM
This was more enjoyable than the Australian Open final.

Orka_n
05-31-2012, 09:06 PM
Amazing. :eek:

Tennis Fool
05-31-2012, 09:08 PM
Time for the 5th set tb.

rocketassist
05-31-2012, 09:10 PM
Time for the 5th set tb.

For you maybe.

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 09:11 PM
not a good day for Isner but at least he broke lendl's record for lowest number of fans cheering someone during a major match

:lol:

Horatio Caine
05-31-2012, 09:17 PM
I was beginning to wonder if we'd see Wimbledon 2010 'Part II.' :lol:

Mathieu winning through with only a few games to spare, considering the light. The match probably would have ended at some stage tomorrow, but you'd never know...

Great stuff from Mathieu. Memorable tournament so far for the French. :yeah: Razzano dumping Williams, Mathieu winning this marathon, the usual suspects winning their matches, and other nice stories involving Devilder, Mahut, Benneteau and Clement.

*Jean*
05-31-2012, 09:18 PM
Paulo :yeah: very emotional win for us in France, the guy is probably the only clever and sensitive guy who has a brain on-court. Bring Granollers or Jaziri next, you'll see PHM in R4.

Action Jackson
05-31-2012, 09:18 PM
Time for the 5th set tb.

Don't watch any GS besides the US Open.

Vinceremo
05-31-2012, 09:19 PM
This match was not "epic" or "awesome" but frustrating and tedious. Players like Isner are so awful to watch.

:zzz:

I really got into the match but mainly because of the emotional side of it, like I said earlier I've never cheered for Mathieu before but today was an exception for sure and he was not only fighting hard but also playing great tennis at times. With the bolded part, of course, I agree 100%!!

DJ Soup
05-31-2012, 09:19 PM
always good when servebots loses

Filo V.
05-31-2012, 09:20 PM
With that being said, great heart and determination from Paulo and a great win for him, and French tennis.

Sofonda Cox
05-31-2012, 09:22 PM
:yawn: Clay court tennis is boring at the best of times, but this was better than temazepam.

Corey Feldman
05-31-2012, 09:31 PM
Isner showing again what a master returner he is even on clay against a mediocre server :worship:

Renaud
05-31-2012, 09:35 PM
http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/roland-garros/2012/mathieu-orteil-fracture_sto3294061/story.shtml

Paulo fractured a toe before RG and got two nails torn during his match against Isner

rob_z
05-31-2012, 09:35 PM
This match was not "epic" or "awesome" but frustrating and tedious. Players like Isner are so awful to watch.

:zzz:

I agree. Well said.

Mjau!
05-31-2012, 09:43 PM
:zzz: back at ya.

Serving is a talent, part of tennis and is a great shot to master.

Quit crying about it.

Right, and it would be swell if he could master the fine art of returning as well, so we wouldn't have to endure 2 players holding serve 300 times in a row (how exciting! :rolleyes:). But sadly, returning is a talent John Isner does not possess. At all.

Allez
05-31-2012, 09:46 PM
Feel sad for Isner. He had this look on his face..."oh god not another Wimbledon" He wanted to be done one way or another. Too bad PHM cannot possibly hope to get through his next match after that marathon.

Mateya
05-31-2012, 09:51 PM
I feel so happy for Paulo. :sobbing:

Just unbeliveable result and also amazing fitness from Paulo. Didn't looked tired at all. :eek:


http://www4.slikomat.com/11/0531/xcy-sydney.jpg (http://www.Slikomat.com/slika/5328320.htm)

http://www4.slikomat.com/11/0531/6mk-2317.jpg (http://www.Slikomat.com/slika/5328322.htm)

http://www4.slikomat.com/11/0531/2we-fuck-y.jpg (http://www.Slikomat.com/slika/5328327.htm)

I'm wasted now...what a day it has been.

Andreas
05-31-2012, 09:52 PM
Great to see Paulo win a match like this. Very deserved win :)

SerialKillerToBe
05-31-2012, 09:59 PM
:facepalm:

from taking 2 sets from Nadal on clay to whatever this is :stupid:

samanosuke
05-31-2012, 10:00 PM
:facepalm: One more time Isner's stamina let him down. His Mahut win now looks even more miracle . I know these tall guys aren't marathons but he should really try to do something with it in the future. Mathieu who haven't played 3+ hour match for over than 2 years looked like Gebrselassie for Isner at the end of the match

Burrow
05-31-2012, 10:01 PM
This match was not "epic" or "awesome" but frustrating and tedious. Players like Isner are so awful to watch.

:zzz:

Can't say I agree with this.

I'm not sure what you mean by "players like Isner". Isner has a serve that is a constant danger, most players sigh in relief in close situations as their opponent faults their serve, he can do damage of the second in any given situation. I think that's quite unique and exciting. He kicked umpteen serves out wide on the AD court today that had Mathieu dangerously close to the side boards. He can mix it from the back and play at the net. His movement is relatively poor in comparison to the rest of the tour due to his stature but I think that's probably a breath of fresh air seeing as most players rely on fitness and movement and trading topspin groundstrokes from the back until sunset. Just because his opponents, at the best of times, have difficulty breaking him and thus encouraging long, drawn out sets doesn't make him boring.

He has a tough time stretching out to either side, if he doesn't anticipate the serve and move before it is struck, mainly because he lacks explosion in the legs, which is also common with extremely tall men. He has difficulty reacting. And when you cannot do this, it's tough to gain any sort of confidence and rhythm which leads to him dropping make-able balls into the net. But let's not pretend he's the only poor returner on tour.

Andy Roddick has always been an annoyance for me, in the returning department as well as other areas, because he just cannot seem to take the ball early and flatten it out in his return and regularly leaves balls just floating over the net, waiting to be smacked. That's the least of Roddick's problems these days, anyway.

Mathieu deserved this win, he showed he could overcome adversity on serve late on multiple times, these are the situations where he has crumbled horribly in the past and I'm sure he's more than well aware of this. One of the cleanest hitters of the ball of the 2000's.

scoobs
05-31-2012, 10:02 PM
Too strong to be broken, too weak to break.

That's the conundrum Isner has to solve to avoid these sorts of matches.

gulzhan
05-31-2012, 10:04 PM
Paulo :worship:

Doc14
05-31-2012, 10:04 PM
Recover fast paulo and bring down granollers or jaziri.......you have to like a match in R4 with ferrer:)

erickmartins
05-31-2012, 10:05 PM
Being there and watching from 5-5 in the 5th surrounded by a crowd of frenchies supporting Mathieu like crazy, I have to say this was awesome. Even if it was far from being a good match of tennis.

simplet
05-31-2012, 10:31 PM
Being there and watching from 5-5 in the 5th surrounded by a crowd of frenchies supporting Mathieu like crazy, I have to say this was awesome. Even if it was far from being a good match of tennis.

Honestly regardless of the result it was probably worth it just to see in person those titanic kick second serves from Isner down match point. I really don't enjoy Isner's tennis but there is something sick in watching him pull those unplayable shots in tight situations time and time again.

The Hooded Claw
05-31-2012, 10:45 PM
Justice for Paulo that after all the injuries and disappointments over the years, that he finally has a win like this, gutted I missed it. Good draw in the next round can only hope he can somehow recover enough to take advantage of it.

rocketassist
05-31-2012, 10:46 PM
Right, and it would be swell if he could master the fine art of returning as well, so we wouldn't have to endure 2 players holding serve 300 times in a row (how exciting! :rolleyes:). But sadly, returning is a talent John Isner does not possess. At all.

Waaah tennis isn't just about baseline rallies, get that sand out of your minge.

Orange Wombat
05-31-2012, 10:52 PM
I hope Paulo can continue his :worship: comeback!
Very winnable match in the next round against Granollers or Jaziri.

As for Big John, he is overrated. He was very high on confidence after his wins at Davis Cup, but now that that has died down, he's back to average top 30. His game isn't natural- it does not flow.

Mercury
05-31-2012, 10:53 PM
Waaah tennis isn't just about baseline rallies, get that sand out of your minge.
Since when are serve returns baseline rallies? Unfortunately Isner's RoS is not very good which leads to ridiculous 5th sets. A monster serve and the inability to return serves properly is a dangerous combination in a 5th set with no TB.

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 11:01 PM
Three stats considering this match in historical context (http://voodemar.com/?p=8264)

rocketassist
05-31-2012, 11:02 PM
Since when are serve returns baseline rallies? Unfortunately Isner's RoS is not very good which leads to ridiculous 5th sets. A monster serve and the inability to return serves properly is a dangerous combination in a 5th set with no TB.

It's dangerous for him, but it doesn't make it boring to watch. Those who moan about his serve wanna see long grindfests every match.

Mercury
05-31-2012, 11:09 PM
It's dangerous for him, but it doesn't make it boring to watch. Those who moan about his serve wanna see long grindfests every match.
I never said he was boring to watch. The match today was not boring at all IMHO. Those who seek the grindfests and me are decades apart :)

thrust
05-31-2012, 11:18 PM
Isner today at 10:10 was already as tired as at 40:40 against Mahut.

Perhaps, but this was on clay and John had to run a lot more than at Wimbledon.

KarlyM
05-31-2012, 11:25 PM
PAULOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

It's great seeing him win these back-to-back 5-setters after all his past disappointments. :sobbing: :D I hope he gets back in the top 50. ;)

Poor John needs a vacation - the dude looks burned out. :awww:

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 11:26 PM
^ Must be said that today's 10:10 was 62 games for him for a day whilst 40:40 against Mahut was 80 games because the Wimbledon match was suspended due to darkness at two sets apiece ;)

Tennis Fool
05-31-2012, 11:30 PM
Don't watch any GS besides the US Open.

I'll watch what I please, thank you :)

Absolute Anthropoid
05-31-2012, 11:31 PM
Amazing stuff, I wish I stayed up till the end.

ossie
06-01-2012, 12:06 AM
a servevot who can't return for shit is bound to produce these mug score lines and all the tards here think its the best thing ever when these mugs barely played tennis.

rocketassist
06-01-2012, 12:15 AM
a servevot who can't return for shit is bound to produce these mug score lines and all the tards here think its the best thing ever when these mugs barely played tennis.

Serving = tennis.

Sillyrabbit
06-01-2012, 12:23 AM
:worship: Hard not to feel happy for PHM after all he's gone through.

rhinooooo
06-01-2012, 12:38 AM
Great to see PHM get a mammoth 5 set victory in his country. Always had an entertaining aggressive game, and very underrated return game too.

It feels like Isner should have Courier by his side at every tournament. Someone to constantly push him to continually be aggressive.

ossie
06-01-2012, 12:40 AM
Serving = tennis.returning is also tennis but most players these days rely too much on their serve, hence we get to see mug matches like these.

Looner
06-01-2012, 12:45 AM
Mathieu wins a big 5-setter. The world really is ending in 2012. Congrats PHM. One of my fave players when he's on as he's beautiful to watch. Shame for Isner but he'll never get anywhere in a Slam if he doesn't dispatch lower-ranked players more easily.

allpro
06-01-2012, 12:47 AM
18-16 in the 5th?....isner at it again :lol:

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 01:09 AM
:haha::spit::lol:

Great result for the sport when this joke of a player loses. Isner is an overrated, disgusting all serve clown with zero ground game, movement or variety. His return games won in his career tell the whole story about this useless mug. Dark horse for RG my ass. His inability to break even mediocre serve on CLAY is totally laughable.

Voo de Mar
06-01-2012, 01:13 AM
Topspindoctor, you're one of the funniest members of here :yeah:

alter ego
06-01-2012, 01:17 AM
:haha::spit::lol:

Great result for the sport when this joke of a player loses. Isner is an overrated, disgusting all serve clown with zero ground game, movement or variety. His return games won in his career tell the whole story about this useless mug. Dark horse for RG my ass. His inability to break even mediocre serve on CLAY is totally laughable.

Translation: I was shiting my pants that Nadal might play Isner agaim. Last year it was a horror match.

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 01:22 AM
Translation: I was shiting my pants that Nadal might play Isner agaim. Last year it was a horror match.

:secret: Nadal won that match :secret:

Losing to Mugthieu on clay is utterly hilarious. I can't stop laughing over here.

leng jai
06-01-2012, 01:22 AM
Mathieu was crushing the ball at times, simply a joy to watch when on song. Good to see this guy back and not choking yet.

Smoke944
06-01-2012, 01:34 AM
Topspindoctor, you're one of the funniest members of here :yeah:

See a psychiatrist.

@Sweet Cleopatra
06-01-2012, 01:46 AM
going to need the ice bath big time.



And yet wishing death in the forum is "banned" :rolleyes:

The ice bath concept is a meth.

People would die if they sink in ice.

@Sweet Cleopatra
06-01-2012, 01:48 AM
btw I feel sorry for Sharapova, she's going to be very late than the other half!

BroTree123
06-01-2012, 01:55 AM
NID. When your ahead on serve in the 5th set against Isner, it's in the bag. It's just a matter of time. Isner is easily one of the mentally weakest players these days on tour, as well as having an non-existent return game and even his serve at times.

Great win for PHM after all that he's been through :yeah:

tripwires
06-01-2012, 02:10 AM
This was more enjoyable than the Australian Open final.

Totally agree.

The american clown, like all the other americans clowns, lately preferred dollars instead of play real tennis tournaments. Now he has a deserved result.

Don't be hating just because Isner is a Yank. :hug:

:haha::spit::lol:

Great result for the sport when this joke of a player loses. Isner is an overrated, disgusting all serve clown with zero ground game, movement or variety. His return games won in his career tell the whole story about this useless mug. Dark horse for RG my ass. His inability to break even mediocre serve on CLAY is totally laughable.

Great for tennis when this match is put on PC instead of the Nadal snoozefest. :)

NID. When your ahead on serve in the 5th set against Isner, it's in the bag. It's just a matter of time. Isner is easily one of the mentally weakest players these days on tour, as well as having an non-existent return game and even his serve at times.

Great win for PHM after all that he's been through :yeah:

Isner mentally weak? Did you see those bombs he served when down break points and match points in the fifth set? He ran out of gas at the end; the loss had little (if any) to do with his mental strength. He's so clutch with his serve when he's down. Even if you hate his game you can't deny that. I was surprised he even won the 4th set considering he was outplayed by PHM from the baseline pretty much the whole match.

I do wish he had a better return game though; he'd be so good.

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 02:15 AM
Great for tennis when this match is put on PC instead of the Nadal snoozefest. :)



You always need to bring Nadal into every thread, stick to the topic please :wavey:

I am actually happy now that Nadal was on SL. It would be really frustrating for him waiting for these two utter clowns to finish that mugfest that passed for a tennis match.

Archer16
06-01-2012, 02:17 AM
Isner today at 10:10 was already as tired as at 40:40 against Mahut.
Obviously, because as you say they played over 60 games and about 5 hours up to that point, almost like the second day vs Mahut, yet when it got to 10-10 you couldn't help wondering what we are going to see this time ;)
Hehe, amazing, one of the biggest chokers of the decade wins the longest 5th set in terms of games in the Roland Garros history against the all-time record holder n these circumstances :worship:
In terms of games in the 5th set in majors it's 5th place:

70-68 Isner d. Mahut
21-19 Roddick d. El Ayanoui
20-18 Philippoussis d. Schalken
19-17 McNamee d. Nelson
18-16 Mathieu d. Isner & T.Svensson d. Andrews
At least he got the games mark at this slam too :D Now he should go for the career longest 5th sets Grand Slam (I guess in US Open it would have to be the longest final set TB) :lol:
A pity though he couldn't hang on for another hour, I really wanted him to have the longest two matches in tennis history and the only two major ones to get to 20-20 :sadface:
Seriously, if Isner could somehow drag it a few more games until they had to suspend the match due to darkness and get some much needed rest, we could have been treated with another endless 5th set going 40+ games each.

tripwires
06-01-2012, 02:17 AM
You always need to bring Nadal into every thread, stick to the topic please :wavey:

I am actually happy now that Nadal was on SL. It would be really frustrating for him waiting for these two utter clowns to finish that mugfest that passed for a tennis match.

I brought him up just to make this thread relevant for you. :hug:

Mugfest that passed for a tennis match. :haha: Whatever you say.

tripwires
06-01-2012, 02:18 AM
Seriously, if Isner could somehow drag it a few more games until they had to suspend the match due to darkness and get some much needed rest, we could have been treated with another endless 5th set going 40+ games each.

I was hoping the match would be suspended due to darkness so that Isner could recharge and possibly win. :( Not meant to be. :sobbing:

Voo de Mar
06-01-2012, 02:19 AM
Hi Archer16, long time no see :wavey:

I hope Isner will be the first man involved in an all tie-break 5-setter.

duong
06-01-2012, 02:20 AM
I was so desperate that Paulo wouldn't lose that one :sad:

Those who have followed the sad moments of his carreer and know about how hard his rehab has been and how brave he has been, those know the value of that win, and why he was so so brave in that match.

He played a great great match :hearts:

For Isner, it was not as important, he fought a lot but Mathieu had a motivation which came from far far away :tears: :clap2:

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 02:21 AM
I brought him up just to make this thread relevant for you. :hug:

Mugfest that passed for a tennis match. :haha: Whatever you say.

Yup. Just like Mahut/Isner Wimbledon match. Fangirls jerking off over that match like it was some kind of epic. In reality it was a battle of two mugs who couldn't break serve to save their life.

leng jai
06-01-2012, 02:23 AM
Nadal playing Istomin was a superior match. Yep, no bias there folks.

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 02:25 AM
It wasn't a great match. Nadal took out the trash as expected with no dramas. Why can't Isner do the same? Oh wait, I know. Because he's a mug with no game.

leng jai
06-01-2012, 02:33 AM
You think everyone outside of the top players are a mug. Your expectations for Isner are the same as for Nadal? If you paid attention to anything outside the top 4 you'd realise Mathieu is one of the more talented players on tour when on form. Certainly a far tougher prospect than Istomin with the home crowd behind him.

tripwires
06-01-2012, 02:34 AM
A mug with no game? :haha: You would've been more honest in calling him a servebot, T-Doc.

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 02:37 AM
A mug with no game? :haha: You would've been more honest in calling him a servebot, T-Doc.

So what other weapons does he possess apart from serve. The federer-like forehand? The Djokovic-like backhand? The Nadal defense? The GOAT return game? Please...I am dying to know...

Isner is Karlovic v2.0 Useless servebot. Enough said.

rocketassist
06-01-2012, 02:38 AM
So what other weapons does he possess apart from serve. The federer-like forehand? The Djokovic-like backhand? The Nadal defense? The GOAT return game? Please...I am dying to know...

Serve is part of the game. You don't like it, because Nadal doesn't return big serves as well as other players.

Isner's FH is top 20. Backhand isn't top 500.

ossie
06-01-2012, 02:38 AM
Nadal playing Istomin was a superior match. Yep, no bias there folks.
nadal practicing for an exo would be more exciting than this mugfest

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 02:40 AM
Serve is part of the game. You don't like it, because Nadal doesn't return big serves as well as other players.

Isner's FH is top 20. Backhand isn't top 500.

I never claimed otherwise :shrug: I said Isner doesn't have anything apart from that...


Nadal doesn't return big serves well? Check out his record against big servers and return games won :shrug: Not bad for a return mug, eh?

BroTree123
06-01-2012, 02:42 AM
For the record, he hasn't lost to any serve-bot either.

rocketassist
06-01-2012, 02:45 AM
For the record, he hasn't lost to any serve-bot either.

The Gooch says hiya.

duong
06-01-2012, 02:45 AM
It's not a coincidence that Mathieu took part in two of the other longest matches in Roland-Garros : against Nadal in 2006 (very near to 5 hours according to my memories, and one match people should note when they speak of "Isner going from 5 sets against Nadal to losing to Mathieu what a shame" :rolleyes: ) and against Canas in 2005.

It was also huge matches, esp. the one against Nadal, and the match against Canas was very sad/unlucky for Mathieu.

As somebody said, Mathieu is not "any" French player, he's brought a lot of emotions to people during all these years. He's also a very nice and sensitive guy and a huge fighter.

Although being French myself, I don't care much about other French players personally but Mathieu has always been special emotionally.

rocketassist
06-01-2012, 02:47 AM
It's not a coincidence that Mathieu took part in two of the other longest matches in Roland-Garros : against Nadal in 2006 (very near to 5 hours according to my memories, and one match people should note when they speak of "Isner going from 5 sets against Nadal to losing to Mathieu what a shame" :rolleyes: ) and against Canas in 2005.

It was also huge matches, esp. the one against Nadal, and the match against Canas was very sad/unlucky for Mathieu.

Those slating PHM's ability should remember how well he played in that 2006 match. He had to be superman to win it, and he painted an awful lot of lines. Just not enough. It was a sick performance though.

BroTree123
06-01-2012, 02:47 AM
The Gooch says hiya.

Bitch please, he retired so it didn't count :rocker2:

Voo de Mar
06-01-2012, 02:48 AM
Nadal playing Istomin was a superior match. Yep, no bias there folks.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=213348&d=1279707204

This is all Istomin is dreaming about facing Top 3 guys - to win just 2 games in a set, against Nadal almost managed to do it in every set :) (photo taken in a moment of joy during the 3rd set against Djokovic at Aussie Open 2010... 1-6 1-6 2-6) :D

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 02:49 AM
Those slating PHM's ability should remember how well he played in that 2006 match. He had to be superman to win it, and he painted an awful lot of lines. Just not enough. It was a sick performance though.

He still failed to push Nadal to 5th set...

duong
06-01-2012, 02:52 AM
He still failed to push Nadal to 5th set...

he was very very close to doing that, I remember some unlucky points, and uncle Toni saying that it had been very very tough and Rafa had been quite lucky.

rocketassist
06-01-2012, 02:52 AM
Bitch please, he retired so it didn't count :rocker2:

PimPim Johansson too although he had a useful forehand.

duong
06-01-2012, 02:52 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=213348&d=1279707204

This is all Istomin is dreaming about facing Top 3 guys - to win just 2 games in a set, against Nadal almost managed to do it in every set :) (photo taken in a moment of joy during the 3rd set against Djokovic at Aussie Open 2010... 1-6 1-6 2-6) :D

Istomin pushed Nadal hard in US Open 2010 ;)

Topspindoctor
06-01-2012, 02:54 AM
Istomin pushed Nadal hard in US Open 2010 ;)

Only because Nadal in USO 2010 was an all serve mug and forgot how to return completely :facepalm:

Two tiebreaks against Mugashvili and TB and 7-5 against Istomin :o

tripwires
06-01-2012, 02:54 AM
So what other weapons does he possess apart from serve. The federer-like forehand? The Djokovic-like backhand? The Nadal defense? The GOAT return game? Please...I am dying to know...

Isner is Karlovic v2.0 Useless servebot. Enough said.

Serve is part of the game. You don't like it, because Nadal doesn't return big serves as well as other players.

Isner's FH is top 20. Backhand isn't top 500.

What rocketassist said - his forehand. Not Federer-like (no one's forehand is Federer-like :hearts:) but pretty damn good.

Isner has a pretty solid net game too and he's WAY better than Karlovic. Isner can hang in baseline rallies way better than Karlovic which shouldn't even need to be pointed out because it's obvious to anyone who isn't a hater. He's also mentally tough as nails. You don't serve bombs on break point time and time again if you're mentally weak.

SelvenluvJo
06-01-2012, 03:35 AM
EPIC,happy for Paulo.After been so tough these years,he deserves some good results, keep going.

Macbrother
06-01-2012, 03:45 AM
For fuck's sake, Isner.

jcempire
06-01-2012, 03:53 AM
Suck SUCK

FUck Fuck

Idiot Idiot

John

you shit Isner

I hate you

tripwires
06-01-2012, 03:56 AM
Suck SUCK

FUck Fuck

Idiot Idiot

John

you shit Isner

I hate you

:speakles:

:haha:

:bowdown:

GOAT post.

Dmitry Verdasco
06-01-2012, 04:29 AM
I only watched the first 4 sets but they were entertaining enough for a Isner match.

Happy for Mathieu, did a great job returning that serve. I think it was the third set? He had 00-40, 00-40, and 15-40 in Isner's first 3 service games of the set. Isner's kick on the ad court :eek:

Veteran frenchies not embarrassing themselves this RG :)

duchuy89
06-01-2012, 06:08 AM
Wow, a very good match.

Action Jackson
06-01-2012, 06:37 AM
I'll watch what I please, thank you :)

Well not my fault you have an attention span of a gnat. The other GS events aren't going to bring in 5th set tiebreakers anytime soon.

TheFearlessOne
06-01-2012, 07:42 AM
This match had 76 games, was played on clay and took 5:41.
The AO final had 55 games, was played on a hardcourt and took 5:53.

Says something about the pace of those two matches?

samanosuke
06-01-2012, 07:44 AM
Says something about the pace of those two matches?

more about time wasting

GSMnadal
06-01-2012, 07:45 AM
This match had 76 games, was played on clay and took 5:41.
The AO final had 55 games, was played on a hardcourt and took 5:53.

Says something about the pace of those two matches?

Yeah, serve machine or a match between two of the greatest return players of all time, kind of obvious isn't it?

samanosuke
06-01-2012, 07:47 AM
Yeah, serve machine or a match between two of the greatest return players of all time, kind of obvious isn't it?

you are a fool. nadal is a great returner only if his goal is return the ball inside the service box

GSMnadal
06-01-2012, 07:48 AM
you are a fool. nadal is a great returner only if his goal is return the ball inside the service box

Not just talking about the return shot, samano :hug:

Navratil
06-01-2012, 07:59 AM
So happy for the little fighter :)

What a comeback at Roland Garros! First slam in over 2 years!

Sofonda Cox
06-01-2012, 08:23 AM
And yet wishing death in the forum is "banned" :rolleyes:

The ice bath concept is a meth.

People would die if they sink in ice.

:hysteric:

Lopez
06-01-2012, 08:54 AM
Was rooting for Isner but only slightly, I really like PHM as well and great to see him overcoming difficulties and a poor tight match record to take this one in front of his home crowd after almost two years away from the game :worship:

Can't say I agree with this.

Burrow is back :eek:!

TigerTim
06-01-2012, 08:57 AM
Good for the game

miniglik
06-01-2012, 09:05 AM
With great length doesn't come a crap return though. And with great length comes a great serve. Can't really feel sorry for him, as he wouldn't have cracked the Top 10 without his length IMO.


You have no idea what kind of player he'd be if he was smaller. He's maximizing the hand he was dealt.

Name me one person his size who is a better returner?

duong
06-01-2012, 11:29 AM
As a note, Mathieu and Mahut are very close friends, and Mahut was the first one Mathieu called after his match, saying he had "avenged him".

During Paulo's match, somebody sent a twitter to Mahut saying that "his record might be broken" and Mahut twitted back "Possible :)".

I can't believe that Paulo had a broken toe (and two nails torn) as somebody said, but Paulo confirmed it : he broke a big toe before the tournament when hitting a bench clumsily.

Something else : I'm happy that the definition of "PHM-esque" (huge match where the hero displays a lot of bravery and is very near to winning but loses in the end) will have a great counter-example in the end of his carreer, and in Roland-Garros of all places :)

I also had forgotten the match when he led 2 sets to love and a break to Agassi in the beginning of his carreer.

Hian-GOAT
06-01-2012, 12:27 PM
Good for the game

http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg633/FORZAPENNETTA/tumblr_m2hvmh6uQv1qh4any.gif
And it comes out you support Murray and complain about Isner.

http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg633/FORZAPENNETTA/ByeBitch.gif

silverwhite
06-01-2012, 04:46 PM
As a note, Mathieu and Mahut are very close friends, and Mahut was the first one Mathieu called after his match, saying he had "avenged him".

Paulo even mentioned him as "mon meilleur ami" during the press conference, which surprised me :lol: