John Isner makes history again, becomes all-time leading ace leader

John Isner put his name back in the record books at Wimbledon on Friday when he became the all-time leading ace in ATP Tour history.

The American, whose epic 11-hour, 5-minute match against Nicolas Mahut in 2010 is the longest tennis match he has ever watched, hit 24 aces in his third-round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner, overtaking the latter Croatian Ivo Karlovic at the top.

In the list of aces since 1991, Isner increased his tally to 13,748, overtaking Karlovic, who has 13,728. Roger Federer is a distant third in the all-time list, more than 2,000 behind.

Isner started Wimbledon 94 aces behind Karlovic but hit 56 in his first-round win over Enzo Couacaud and 34 in his win over two-time champion Andy Murray.

Ahead of Friday’s game, Isner said it’s a record he’ll look back on with satisfaction when he’s done playing.

“It’s not going to put me in the Hall of Fame or anything because that’s not me,” he said.

“But I will be the all-time leader. I’ll keep playing, keep increasing my total. I don’t think that’s a record that – I don’t know if it will be broken. I could be up there for a long time. It’s actually really cool. I’m really proud of that.”

Here are the top 10 ace leaders on the ATP Tour since 1991, according to ATP:

  1. John Isner 13,748

  2. Ivo Karlovic 13,728

  3. Roger Federer 11,478

  4. Goran Ivanisevic 10,237

  5. Feliciano Lopez 10.155

  6. Andy Roddick 9,074

  7. Pete Sampras 8,858

  8. Sam Querrey 8,858

  9. Ivan Lyubicic 8,138

  10. Milos Raonic 8.136

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Emma Bowman

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