Seeking some extra energy, Isner wolfed down a sandwich and sipped from a plastic bottle of water during one changeover, and he scarfed down a banana at another. Isner smacked a backhand return winner down the line to go ahead 15-40, earning two match points, and then waved his right hand to signal to the overflowing crowd to cheer louder. WIMBLEDON, England -- Even the scoreboard couldn't keep up. Know this: Isner lost his only previous match at Wimbledon, exiting in the first round in 2008, while Mahut lost in the first round at the All England Club each of the past two years. Hard to believe, perhaps, but there wasn't another break point or match point for either player until the 66th game of the set, with Isner ahead 33-32. But I guess in this match, both will be winners because this is just absolutely amazing.". The previous longest match was at the French Open in 2004, when Fabrice Santoro beat Arnaud Clement after six hours and 35 minutes. ATP Staff. The final set lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes-longer than the previous record. Wimbledon 2010: John Isner and Nicolas Mahut still fighting in epic • Relive Xan Brooks's marathon blog of the match • Record-breakers resume today tied at … "I don't think I'd move. That was easier said than done, because the stands at the relatively tiny court -- its official capacity is 782 -- were full, and people packed in three-or-more deep along a railing overlooking the action. "Nothing like this will ever happen again. He played three qualification rounds, beating Frank Dancevic 6–3, 6–0, in the first round, then Alex Bogdanovic 3–6, 6–3, 24–22, and finally Stefan Koubek in five sets, 6–7(8), 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4. Isner said he would have a long and well deserved break from tennis – for at least “four or five days”. Plaque on Wimbledon Court No. "This is one of the few times where I feel bad for the umpire," noted official-berater John McEnroe joked on BBC's TV coverage. In team sports, which don't really offer a true analogy, think of it as a baseball game that lasts 50 innings or a basketball game with 15 overtimes. On the next point, Isner's backhand return sailed wide. Isner then shanked a return long, crouched and bit his white T-shirt. "Maybe they should agree to play a tiebreak," 2008 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic mused. Rafael Nadal, the world No. The electronic scoreboard froze and then went blank, perhaps from the fatigue of trying keeping up with the longest match in the sport's history. Victor: John Isner. 1 and second seed, defeated 12th seed Tomáš Berdych in the final, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4, to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, his second Wimbledon title and his eighth Grand Slam title overall. Jun 24 2010. Never before in the history of Wimbledon, which was first contested in 1877, had any match -- singles or doubles, men or women -- lasted more than 112 games, a mark set in 1969. WIMBLEDON 2010: John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in the longest tennis match ever Most watched News videos Anti-lockdown protestor cries and howls as police arrest him in London -- the only stadium at the All England Club equipped with artificial lights and therefore the only place play could continue at that hour. Not much later, shortly after 9 p.m., Mahut and Isner approached the net to discuss with a Grand Slam supervisor, Soeren Friemel, whether to keep going Wednesday. Wimbledon 2010: Longest match turns into shortest for John Isner He triumphed in the longest tennis match in history, beating his opponent at Wimbledon in an epic 11 hours and six minutes. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut competed at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. An opening for Isner came in the 108th game, when Mahut missed a backhand, then a forehand, to fall behind 0-30, putting the American two points away from victory. But he couldn't convert either chance. In fact, this match only needs to run for another hour and 28 minutes to have lasted longer than alll six of the British women at this year's Wimbledon combined.  Having played through the … Isner, who has pulled out of the doubles tournament because he is so tired, said he realised he was in trouble from the opening game. It was Nadal's 4th non-consecutive Wimbledon final as he skipped the 2009 tournament because of injuries. Nico! Isner outlasted Frenchman Mahut to win 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 70-68 in the longest match in history, taking 11 hours and five minutes over three days. It lasted … "For them to serve the aces they served and stay there mentally is a heroic effort. However, the 2010 Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut created its own unique place in tennis annals, by becoming the longest match ever in tennis history. And this cannot be emphasized enough: They are not finished. What the match was, without a doubt, was riveting from this standpoint: Who would falter, even for a split-second, on a solitary stroke -- enough to finally turn control of things one way or the other? The first-round match had already been suspended because of fading light Tuesday night after the fourth set. Two more service winners ended the game. The Wimbledon website also lost track of the score. John Isner v Nicolas Mahut 2010 – 11 hours 5 minutes. "I have almost no words anymore watching this. After 11 hours, five minutes, 183 games, 216 aces, 980 points and a fifth set spread over three days, Wimbledon’s longest ever tennis match finally had a winner… Other Wimbledon competitors were glued to locker-room TVs, while some headed out to the court to see if they could catch a glimpse. Nico!". “I thought I might be alright… It stinks to lose in the second round.”. Afterwards, the 25-year-old American said: “I have never been this exhausted before. After, both players and the umpire were given a crystal bowl and champagne flutes. Mahut actually has some recent experience in such matters: He won a four-hour match in the second round of qualifying last week that ended 24-22 in the third set.
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