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Extreme expenditure

While the rest of us marveled at the endurance required to play an 11-hour 5-minute match, Ross Tucker, a sports physiologist in South Africa, tried to quantify it. His educated guess as to how much effort John Isner and Nicolas Mahut expended:

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In match that goes down to 11th hour, Isner captures the fifth set, 70-68
Article | John Isner wins the longest match in tennis history, beating Nicolas Mahut by an eye-popping 70-68 score in the fifth set to complete an opening-round Wimbledon victory that took more than 11 hours over three days.

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