Friday, June 25, 2010


Longest Wimbledon match ever won by Isner in over 11 hours
June 25, 2010

LONDON, June 25 — The world’s longest tennis match finally ended at Wimbledon yesterday when John Isner claimed the incredulous fifth set of a three-day epic against Nicolas Mahut 70-68 after 11 hours and five minutes on court.

The American 23rd seed ended the contest with a backhand passing shot after another hour of play on Court 18 after the match had resumed at 59-59 in the deciding set after it was stopped by bad light on Wednesday.

“I am a little bit tired,” an elated Isner said in an on-court interview.

“When you play a match like this with an atmosphere like this you don’t feel tired. This crowd was fantastic.

“The guy (Mahut) is an absolute warrior. I want to share this day with him, it was an absolute honour. I wish him the best and see him somewhere down the road and it won’t go 70-68.”

Isner completed an eye-watering 6-4 3-6 6-7 7-6 70-68 first-round victory with every vantage point taken by a packed crowd on Court 18.

Isner fell to the ground in disbelief and after the two players hugged at the net Mahut sunk into his chair and covered his head with his towel.

The previous longest match was the six hours 33 minutes epic between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement at the 2004 French Open. — Reuters

Match stats

* Longest match (time elapsed): 11 hours and five minutes. Previous record: 6 hours and 33 minutes (F Santoro bt A Clement, I round, French Open 2004).

* Longest match (games played): 183 games. Previous record: 112 (P Gonzalez bt C Pasarell, Wimbledon, 1969).

* Longest set in Grand Slam: 70-68, 8 hours and 11 minutes. Previous record: J Newcombe bt M Reissen 25-23 (US Open, 1969).

* Most aces in a match: Isner 112, Mahut 103. Previous 78 by I Karlovic, 2009 Davis Cup.



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