Wimbledon: Isner targeting all-time aces record against Murray

John Isner is targeting ANOTHER world record at Wimbledon as he looks to break the all-time aces record against Andy Murray on Centre Court… with the American 40 short of Ivo Karlovic’s record

  • John Isner is 40 aces away from the all-time aces record on the ATP Tour
  • The big-serving American faces home favourite Andy Murray at Wimbledon
  • Isner needs 40 more aces to match Ivo Karlovic’s ATP Tour record of 13,728 
  • In his first round match Isner hit 54 aces – but knows Murray is a ‘different animal’

US tennis star John Isner has another Wimbledon record in his sights as he looks to set the all-time aces record against home favourite Andy Murray on Wednesday.

Isner is famous for winning the longest match in tennis history, defeating Nicolas Mahut in 2010 in an 11-hour, five-minute marathon at Wimbledon.

Now it is the record for all-time aces that Isner is chasing as he takes to Centre Court in the second round against Murray. 

 John Isner is staring at the prospect of claiming the all-time aces record on Wednesday

 Isner will take on home favourite Andy Murray on Centre Court in Wimbledon’s second round

In a 15-year career, Isner has produced 13,688 aces and he is now 40 shy of Ivo Karlovic’s record of 13,728 on the ATP Tour.

Isner, 37, who has never beaten Murray across eight meetings, will get his shot at the record in front of a packed out Centre Court.

He knows, however, that despite hitting 54 aces in his five-set first round win over Enzo Couacaud, a resurgent Murray represents a much trickier assignment.

Isner is a massive server and produced a total of 54 aces in first round win over Enzo Couacaud

‘Andy is a different animal. He’s much harder to ace because his anticipation is just amazing,’ Isner said.

‘He’s so comfortable on the grass, more comfortable than I am. He has a lot more wins at this tournament than I do.

‘Grass maybe is his best surface, it’s probably not my best surface. But it does a lot of good on my serve.’

Isner and Murray have never previously met on grass and there is intrigue on how the American’s big serve will look up against a returner as good as Murray on this surface. 

Isner (left) has previously made history at Wimbledon, defeating Nicolas Mahut (middle) in 2010 in an 11-hour, five-minute marathon, to win the longest-running match in tennis history

Murray is no longer at his peak of his powers, naturally, since hip surgeries and the 35-year-old, who last beat Isner in 2016, is concerned about losing his rhythm against the American, who also has one of the fastest recorded serves in history.

‘You’re not necessarily always in control of them (the matches),’ Murray said.

‘You can go four or five service return games where you’re not getting any opportunities.

‘But for whatever reason, I’ve always played well against them (big servers). The match-ups have been good for me.’

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