Even though he jokingly predicted it would happen in a text to Nicolas Mahut last week, John Isner was as surprised as anyone when the Frenchman's name called after his when the Wimbledon draw was announced. The competitors will take to the grass courts of the All England Club on Tuesday in a rematch of their historic battle during last year's opening round.
While Isner was being interviewed on Monday in anticipation of the match, guess who happened to walk by?
Isner is favored over the 94th-ranked Mahut. Bookmakers have set 2-1 odds that the pair will go to a decisive fifth set. Disappointingly, I couldn't find any odds that they'll play to 70-68 in said final set.