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Queen at Wimbledon amid record game

The Queen is visiting Wimbledon as the longest tennis match on record enters its 11th hour.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut continue their titanic tussle after Murraymania gets the royal seal of approval.

The monarch will meet Andy Murray and see him in action on Centre Court in her first visit to the All England Club in 33 years.

Her arrival comes after Wimbledon history was made on Wednesday night as Isner and Mahut smashed a host of records on Court 18.

The main courts were upstaged as thousands watched in disbelief while the pair held their serves for 118 games before fading light stopped play with the fifth set locked at 59-59.

After receiving a standing ovation, an exhausted Isner said: "Nothing like this will happen again. Ever."

The players face a wait to continue their battle - with the schedulers putting them third up on the same court they broke records on.

The action lasted so long the scoreboard broke down and, with temperatures peaking at 28C (82F), fans were left stunned by the players' endurance.

Murray wrote on his Twitter page: "This is why tennis is one of the toughest sports in the world, this will never ever be matched again."

With bumper crowds predicted, security has been intensified ahead of the monarch's visit with the Duke of Edinburgh. Police will take the rare step of making themselves visible on Centre Court to ensure she can watch the British No 1 in action. The royal couple will watch as the Scot takes on Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in the second round.


From Belfast Telegraph