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Wimbledon 2010: John Isner targets second-round win

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Day five preview

Wimbledon day five preview

By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

American John Isner will be back on court at Wimbledon on Friday, less than 24 hours after winning the longest match in tennis history.

The 25-year-old beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of a remarkable match lasting 11 hours, five minutes.

He faces Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker in the second round at 1200 BST.

"I'm going to do everything necessary to get myself ready," said the American number 23 seed. "I definitely think I can win."

De Bakker's 16-14 fifth-set win over Santiago Giraldo took a mere four hours and six minutes and finished on Wednesday.

"I know my opponent, he's not the freshest one either," added Isner.

Nicolas Mahut and John Isner

Isner finally wins marathon match

The winner of their match will have to play in the third round on Saturday.

Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt are all in action on Friday, along with Venus Williams and Belgian pair Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin.

Federer has already dropped as many sets (three) as he did in winning the title last year, and now meets 32-year-old Frenchman Arnaud Clement.

"The first two matches have been tough," said Federer, seeking a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title.

"My opponents, I think they did play very well. I'm excited that I'm still in the tournament and I'm looking forward to my third round, regardless of how I got there."

Roddick, beaten by Federer in last year's epic final, came through a tough test against Eastbourne winner Michael Llodra on Wednesday and has another potentially testing encounter against big-hitting German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Novak Djokovic, the third seed, meets Spain's Albert Montanes, and a fourth-round meeting with Hewitt awaits if the Australian can get past Frenchman Gael Monfils in a potentially explosive match on Centre Court.

In the women's draw, all eyes will be on Clijsters and Henin, who will set up an enticing last-16 clash if they win their third-round matches on Friday.

Both players are back at SW19 this year after a spell away in retirement.

Henin looks to have the more difficult task as she faces 12th-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova, while Cljisters is up against Maria Kirilenko.

Venus Williams continues her quest for a sixth Wimbledon title against Alisa Kleybanova, having thrashed another Russian, Ekaterina Makarova, 6-0 6-4 in the previous round.

Williams, 30, has been given a relatively kind draw through to the semi-finals. Her next opponent would be Angelique Kerber or Jarmila Groth, and 11th seed Marion Bartoli is her projected quarter-final opponent.

Clijsters or Henin could be waiting in the semi-finals.

But Henin, 28, has played down her hopes of winning the title, having ended her 17-month retirement in January.

"I'm very happy to be here. I could never win it in the past, and that remains a dream for me," she said.

"I just see myself as an outsider this year because it's still a year with ups and downs. I don't know how I'm going to deal at a very high level. It's very hard to predict what could happen."



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Andy Murray column
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Women's singles draw
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