LONDON — John Isner hit 64 aces — 64! — and saved two match points while winning a five-setter at Wimbledon for the second time in six tries.
You might have heard of the other such victory: It ended 70-68 in the final set.
In this much shorter instance of going the distance, the ninth-seeded player prevailed 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-7 (3), 7-5 against Ruben Bemelmans, a Belgian qualifier ranked 104th, in a second-round match that ended Thursday after it was interrupted by rain the evening earlier.
“Certainly didn’t sleep like a baby last night,” the 33-year-old American said. “All the stuff is running through my head. I’m half asleep, I’m not really asleep. We have all been there.