Editor's Viewpoint: Racket gladiators
As England teetered on the brink of elimination from the World Cup, nothing, it seemed, could match the drama unfolding in South Africa.
But instead, two virtually unknown tennis players grabbed the headlines by playing out the longest match in the sport's history.
John Isner and Nicholas Mahut wrote their names indelibly in the annals of the game by playing out an astonishing last set which ended, incredibly, 70-68 in favour of Isner. It had marvellous shots, incredible bravery, dogged determination and an unquenchable will to win. Over-paid footballers could learn a lot from these warriors of Wimbledon.