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Isner-Mahut: The finish line

Updated: June 15, 2011, 11:26 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

This is the last of a three-part series.

THURSDAY, JUNE 24

It was past 1 in the morning when Nicolas Mahut and his coach Boris Vallejo got back to their Kensington hotel.

Mahut's body ached, particularly the numerous joints that come into play during a tennis match. He stripped down and forced himself to lie in the ice-filled bathtub for another five minutes. Mahut chatted with Vallejo for about a half hour, turned off the lights and closed his eyes.

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