Israeli Dudi Sela Beats American John Isner, Advances to Third Round at Wimbledon

After a near-four hour match in London, Sela is set to face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, ranked 11th in world

Israel's Dudi Sela plays a return during his Men's Singles Match against John Isner of the United States on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 6, 2017.
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After a three hour and 51 minute match on Thursday, Dudi Sela beat American player John Isner, ranked 21st in the world, and advanced to Wimbledon's third round. He won the day's second round at 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 6-7, and 6-3. 

Sela, Israel's top-ranked men's singles tennis player, is five feet and six inches of soft hands and spirited moves. He relies almost exclusively on power, particularly in his serves and their tremendous effect felt on the court.

Despite Isner's superior resume, he has never advanced past the third round in Wimbledon. Sela, on the other hand, reached his eighth final by 2009, arguably his highest achievement, but had not succeeded in passing the first round in London since 2011.