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Isner-Mahut: Where it all began

Updated: June 15, 2011, 11:27 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

This is the first of a three-part series.

There is an elfin quality to Nicolas Mahut. The Frenchman's nose and chin are intricately chiseled. His ears are ample. Swirls of pink skin peek through from those unshaven cheeks. Chestnut-colored hair, encouraged by gel, stands on end in a perpetual state of unrest.

Last month, after several postponements -- doubles and dinner, as will happen, intervened -- he found himself in the intimacy of Interview Room No. 4 ...

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