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Weary Isner loses quickly

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 06:18 AM
WIMBLEDON, England -

One day after winning the longest tennis match in history, John Isner lost the shortest men's match at Wimbledon this year.

Isner looked weary from the outset Friday, required treatment for a neck injury and was beaten by unseeded Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

The second-round match was over in just 1 hour, 14 minutes, and the five games won by Isner are the fewest by a male player this week.

It was a complete turnaround from Isner's epic three-day victory over Nicolas Mahut, which lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and went to 70-68 in the fifth set.

What's more, Isner served no aces Friday after hitting a record 112 against Mahut.

"I've never been this exhausted before," said Isner, who lives in Tampa and trains at Saddlebrook Resort. "Mentally and physically, I was obviously a bit drained. I just didn't have much in the way of my legs. I was just low on fuel out there. Didn't really have a chance."

Starting shortly after noon in warm sunshine, Isner received a standing ovation when he walked onto court. He immediately lost his serve - something that didn't happen once in his never-ending fifth set against Mahut.

"The turnaround time - he just didn't have enough time to get his body right," said Isner's coach, Craig Boynton. "He's one tired boy."

Isner didn't warm up before taking the court and showed up unshaven. He dropped the first set in 16 minutes, winning only nine points while committing 11 unforced errors.

"It was brutal," Isner said. "Things were looking pretty bleak right from the get-go."

After the set, he took an injury timeout and received a neck massage from a trainer. Boynton said Isner's neck began to stiffen after the Mahut match.

The crowd roared on Court 5 when Isner finally won a game after 32 minutes to trail 2-1 in the second set. His shots began to show more zip, but his movement remained sluggish. Several times he didn't even pursue shots, and when he buried a forehand in the net in the third set, he bent over with his hands on his knees.

Following the loss, Isner pulled out of doubles before his first-round match with partner Sam Querrey, citing fatigue and a blister on his small left toe.

Federer sweeps into fourth round

It was back to normal for defending champion Roger Federer, who showed he was back at the top of his game by sweeping Arnaud Clement in straight sets to reach the fourth round in his bid for a seventh Wimbledon crown.

Federer looked perfectly fresh as he demolished Clement 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, playing like the old grass-court master himself after being stretched to five sets in his first-round match and four in the second.

Federer saved the only break point against him, hit 29 winners, made only 12 unforced errors and left Centre Court to a rousing standing ovation.

Federer will next play 16th-seeded Jurgen Melzer, who beat Feliciano Lopez in four sets.

The man Federer has beaten in three Wimbledon finals, Andy Roddick, served 28 aces in a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber to make the round of 16.

Roddick next plays Yen-Hsun Lu, who became the first Taiwanese man to make the fourth round of a Grand Slam. He was leading Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-4, 2-1 when the German retired with an injury.

In women's play, five-time champion Venus Williams moved into the fourth round by beating Russia's Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-2.

Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters - two Belgians making Wimbledon comebacks - won in straight sets to set up a fourth-round showdown Monday.

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