One year ago today John Isner and Nicolas Mahut continued their epic match on its second of three days. Now that Isner has defeated Mahut in this year's Wimbledon, he gets a second crack at making the third round. Last year he could barely stand the day after finishing his 11 hour slugfest with the frenchman.
This year he gets Nicolas Almagro from Spain in the second round. In many ways I think this should be an easier match than Mahut on Tuesday. Almagro struggles with his return of serve and Isner's serve is one of the most feared in all of tennis.
But the serve is no longer a crutch that Big John uses to prop his pro career against. If you haven't seen him play since the marathon he's improved even more. His groundstrokes improved greatly last year. This year he picks the right times to challenge and his net play is an impressive complement to his power game.
Tune in and bark. He's the third match on Court 18 today.