Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Tsonga outlasted Isner in five gruelling sets as fans were treated to a thriller on middle Sunday.Reuters

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recovered from match point down to prevail 19-17 in the fifth set and defeat John Isner to reach the fourth round on middle Sunday at Wimbledon. The Frenchman was staring down the barrel of a third round exit in game 32, but survived to outlast the big-serving American.

Isner was involved in the longest match in tennis history against Nicolas Mahut in 2010 but was unable to rouse himself again as Tsonga set up a meeting with fellow-countryman Richard Gasquet following a contest lasting over four hours. Nick Kyrgios is also into the second week at SW19 and will face world number two Andy Murray after overcoming 22nd seed Feliciano Lopez in four sets.

Elsewhere in the men's draw - during play on middle Sunday for the first time since 2004 and just the fourth in the tournament's history - there were victories for France's Lucas Pouille over Juan Martin del Portro, Tomas Berdych against 19-year-old Alexander Zverev and Jiri Vesely over Joao Sousa.

In the women's draw, world number one and defending champion Serena Williams produced her best performance of the tournament to stroll into round four after thrashing Annika Beck in straight sets. The 21-time grand slam singles champion will take on Svetlana Kuznetsova after she prevailed 8-6 in the third set against Sloane Stephens.

Other results saw Coco Vaudeweghe overcome Roberta Vinci in two sets and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova complete a routine win over Timea Bacsinszky. All fourth round matches in both draws will be played on Monday [4 July] as the tournament schedule recovers following a week of inclement conditions.