I mean, I was watching this. The final set alone was longer than the previous longest match. While Isner's face lit up with joy, Mahut was absolutely distraught, unable to take in the fact that he had come out on the losing side. The most memorable part of Wimbledon 2010, Day 4, was the fact that the seemingly never-ending match came to an end with the defeat of French qualifier, Nicolas Mahut at the hands of 23rd seeded American, John Isner. When the two players had gone off court at 9.09pm on Wednesday, Mahut appeared relatively fresh but Isner looked like he was about to pass out. I'm kind of glad it happened. I didn't think that type of match was possible so I was really expecting to wake up, in all seriousness. [30] Isner won "Isner–Mahut II" in straight sets (7–6, 6–2, 7–6), in 2 hours and 3 minutes. The match was suspended for a second time because of darkness on the evening of 23 June at 59–59 in the fifth set despite chants of "We want more, we want more" from the spectators.[7]. The match took place during the 2010 edition of the 13-day Wimbledon Championships, held every June and July. Total match time at this point was 2 hours, 54 minutes. Nicolas Mahut, Wimbledon 2010 (11h 5m)- This unusual first round match-up in Wimbledon has gone down as the longest tennis matches ever in the history of the game. Isner won the first set 6–4, breaking Mahut's serve in the ninth game of the set after Mahut had twice double faulted. However, among the Grand Slams, the US Open, Australian Open (since 2019) and Wimbledon (since 2019) use the tiebreak in the final set, while the French Open remains the only Grand Slam to use the advantage set rules in the final set, which allows for an indefinite number of games until one player is ahead by two. [10] Lahyani said afterwards that he was so "gripped by the amazing match" that his concentration stayed solid and he did not think about eating or going to the toilet. The score at this point was 32–32 in the fifth set. It was a first-round Men's Singles match, in which the American 23rd seed John Isner played French qualifier Nicolas Mahut. 8 … [19] Time named this match one of the Top 10 Sports Moments of 2010. In the United States, ESPN and sibling channel ESPN2 telecast the match. Having played through the qualifying stage, Mahut was drawn against Isner in the first round of Gentlemen's Singles. The 1970–1973 introduction of the tiebreak reduced the opportunity for such records to be broken. [39] The rule was first used in the singles in the 2019 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, after their fifth set ended that way. It was amazing.". [33] Novak Djokovic extolled both players, saying, "You have to give them credit, both of them. [28] On resumption, Fleming/Skupski defeated Mahut/Clément, 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–6. Indeed, even that portion of the fifth set played on the second day was about half an hour longer than the previous longest match, so it also broke the record for the longest play in a single day. The three-times champion John McEnroe, who was again in the crowd , had led the calls for Wimbledon to adopt a final-set tie-break and Isner said that from about 20 games all on Wednesday evening, he had wished the same thing. Men's Match of the Decade No. The 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68 defeat was horribly cruel on Mahut, who had again served brilliantly after the two men resumed at 59 games apiece, around 18 and a half hours after they had left the court the night before. "I was completely delirious," he admitted. The Frenchman had his head in his hands for a long time afterwards and looked like he would rather have been anywhere else when Tim Henman and Anne Jones, the 1969 Wimbledon champion, came on to court to give both men a memento of their efforts. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images After 11 hours, five minutes and 183 games – spread across three days – the longest tennis match in history finally ended at … But spare a thought for poor Mahut, who was sent back out to Court 18 to begin a doubles match with Arnaud Clément against Britain's Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski managing just one set before the light failed. Tied at 6-6 in the fifth set, American John Isner and Frenchman Nicholas Mahut played a tiebreaker that required more than 11 hours … The length of the match exceeded the total playing time of Serena Williams in every round combined in winning the previous year's Ladies Wimbledon title. [36], Mahut shared his experiences on the match in the book Le match de ma vie (The Match of My Life), which he co-wrote with Philippe Bouin. Play resumed at 3:40 pm on Thursday, 24 June, and Isner won at 4:47 pm, the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes. You can dream of winning a match 22‑20, maybe 34‑32, but not 70‑68. With Isner serving at 68–68, Mahut went up 0–30, but Isner won 4 points in a row to hold serve. Longest Tennis Matches. A match between Isner-Mahut was a rare event and their match is recorded as the longest tennis match in the world (11 hours, 5 minutes, and 183 games), longest tennis set in the world (5th set, at 8 hours and 11 min) and June 23 was the only date in the world where 118 tennis games was happen. "John deserved to win. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut competed at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. Total match time was 11 hours, 5 minutes. We should take some time together to remember that amazing story. 4:47 pm – Match ends in favour of John Isner, who won the final set 70–68. The match began at 6:13 pm (British Summer Time, or 17:13 UTC) on Tuesday, 22 June 2010, on Court 18 at Wimbledon. De Bakker also had a lengthy first-round match against Santiago Giraldo, winning by a score of 16–14 in the fifth set, but unlike Isner, he had a day off before his second-round match. For most of the afternoon, camera crews competed for space on the terrace of the media centre. The previous longest match took 6 hours, 33 minutes at the 2004 French Open. 6: Isner d. Mahut, 2010 Wimbledon. The third and fourth sets had no breaks of serve and were both decided by tiebreaks, with Mahut winning the third set tiebreak 9–7, and Isner winning the fourth set tiebreak 7–3, leaving the score at two sets each. This set alone would have broken the previous record for longest match. [26] Because the match between Daniel Brands and Victor Hănescu lasted almost 3 hours, 30 minutes and ended around 8:45 pm local time,[27] the doubles match was postponed again; it was rescheduled as the first match on Court 14 on 26 June. At 68–69, with Mahut serving at 15–15, Mahut netted a drop shot that would likely have won the point. John McEnroe said, "This is the greatest advertisement for our sport. [11] On the second day of the match, two groups of 14 linespeople and four groups of 28 ballboys and ballgirls were used in a rotation. This epic clash has been immortalized at Wimbledon itself, with a plaque commemorating the three-day struggle. Instead, Wimbledon posted video coverage of the match in its entirety on its YouTube channel. [8] The next morning, the BBC reported that Mahut had been practising and Andy Murray informed them that Isner had been on a treadmill before play resumed. After 11 hours, five minutes and 183 games – spread across three days – the longest tennis match in history finally ended at 4.48pm this afternoon with John Isner of the US beating the Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 70‑68 in the final set of their first-round encounter. [52] The singles record since the introduction of the tie-break was the 2003 Australian Open quarter-final match, in which Andy Roddick and Younes El Aynaoui played 83 games; Roddick won 4–6, 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–4, 21–19.[53]. Isner said he hoped he will have enough left in the tank today when he takes on the Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, a former junior champion here. The first … It was McIntosh's first ever Wimbledon commentary and became the longest continuous commentary for a single match in broadcasting history. It is now the longest match in Grand Slam history. We often don't get the respect we deserve in tennis for the athletic demands it places on players, but this should push that respect way up". At the end of the fourth set, the match was halted due to darkness. "Honestly, when I left the match, I really thought it was a dream. In 2010, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in a first-round match played over three days at Wimbledon. 8 years ago at Wimbledon, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest ever tennis match in history. Isner lost to De Bakker 0–6, 3–6, 2–6 in just 74 minutes. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images. In the United Kingdom, the match was featured live in part on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC HD, which were all the television channels which the BBC used to cover Wimbledon. Thus, after 67 minutes of play on the third day of the match, Isner won the deciding final set, 70–68. This match still become the record of the longest tennis match till today. The match was resumed on 24 June, and both players continued to dominate their service games. It was the shortest men's Wimbledon match at that point in 2010,[22] and Isner failed to serve a single ace. Meeting in the first round of play at the grand slam, Isner met qualifier Mahut. Consecutive service games held in a match (168: 84 times each for both Isner and Mahut). The match was … [9] He slept for less than four hours before arising. But it wasn't to be. "I don't think I've ever said five words to the guy prior to our match, not that he's a bad guy, it just is what it is. At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended before the start of the fifth set. The match began at 6:13 pm (British Summer Time, or 17:13 UTC) on Tuesday, 22 June 2010, on Court 18 at Wimbledon. Isner's doubles match was tentatively scheduled as the second match of that day on Court 19 following another men's doubles match; however, they withdrew from the doubles because Isner had a blister on his toe. [56] This surpassed Ivo Karlović's 78 aces that he served on 18 September 2009 in a Davis Cup match against Radek Štěpánek. But later he was asked if he agreed with McEnroe and the answer was somewhat surprising. 5.50pm: Bizarrely there is also tennis taking place on the other courts. For his part, Mahut replied: "Happy birthday friend John Isner. The match went on for three days and took place over 11 hours and 5 … Play is suspended at two sets all. The two next met at the 2011 Hopman Cup exhibition in Perth. John Isner served his 79th ace to take the final set to 39–38 with serve. The previous official record for duration was set at the 2004 French Open when Fabrice Santoro defeated Arnaud Clément 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(5), 3–6, 16–14, in 6 hours, 33 minutes. "We played the greatest match ever in the greatest place to play tennis," Mahut said. The Records for the Longest Tennis Match. Their match was scheduled for Court 18. • We will always be able to share this, says Isner, John Isner of the US and Nicolas Mahut of France (C) with Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani after the longest match in grand slam history. 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. Both players broke numerous Wimbledon and tennis records, including each serving over 100 aces, with the match being referred to as "the endless match". The longest Wimbledon match before this was a 6:09 men’s doubles quarterfinal played over two days in 2006, with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Daniel Nestor of … Neither John Isner nor Nicolas Mahut expected to be involved in the longest tennis match in history when they kicked off their 2010 Wimbledon Championships runs. Mahut also failed to convert two break points on Isner's serve, at 50–50. Mahut also slept for only a few hours, and had a cold bath and a massage. ", Mahut described Isner as "a champion" but found it difficult to articulate just how much losing had hurt him. The entire match over the 3 days lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes. [33] Federer also added, "This is absolutely amazing. [17], On 14 July, Isner and Mahut were jointly awarded the 2010 ESPY Award for "Best Record-Breaking Performance", beating fellow nominees Roger Federer and Usain Bolt. HBO released a mockumentary in 2015 titled 7 Days in Hell, starring Andy Samberg and Kit Harington as two professional tennis players who face off in what becomes the longest match in history. The match started on the tournament's second day. The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships is the longest tennis match in history. June 24, 2010 9:25PM (UTC) John Isner has won the longest match in tennis history, taking the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut 70-68. The match takes place at Wimbledon in 2001. "[42], The chorus of Dan Bern's song about the match concludes with the scores of the five sets: "six-four, three-six, six-seven, seven-six, seventy-sixtyeight". After being eliminated from the tournament, Isner said, "I'll watch sports, I'll take in the World Cup, I'll go fishing, I'll do whatever. The book was published in 2011. As in all men's Grand Slam matches, the match was played as best of five sets. The match set at least ten tennis records: The previous record for games played in a match was the 122-game 1973 Davis Cup match in which the United States team of Stan Smith and Erik van Dillen defeated the Chile team of Patricio Cornejo and Jaime Fillol 7–9, 37–39, 8–6, 6–1, 6–3. The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships is the longest tennis match in history. It remains by far the longest match in tennis history, measured both by time and number of games. The final set totaled 8 hours and 11 minutes. [3] A rule change instituted for the 2019 Championships introducing a tie break in the fifth set [or 3rd set for women's singles/doubles (all genders)] means that the Isner–Mahut match will remain the longest match in Wimbledon tournament history in terms of games played, barring any future rule change. The longest tennis match became international news long before it ended. Roger Federer said of the match, "It's so impressive to see. The players were then interviewed on court by John Inverdale, before a photocall for the press alongside one of the two Court 18 scoreboards showing the score. ", The US Open is the only one of the four grand-slam tournaments to employ the tie-break in the final set. "Nothing like this will happen again, not even come close, so I think they should just keep it the same. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut are in the midst of the longest match in tennis history, playing now for a third consecutive day, deadlocked after … WATCH—International Tennis Hall of Fame: People had tuned in at their offices, bars, and homes for one reason: Isner and Mahut were in the process of playing the longest match in tennis … This match also has a mention in Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer's 2016 song "Open String" from the album There's a Rumpus Going On.[45]. Currently, the French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that still has no tiebreaker system for the deciding set. Fellow American Andy Roddick brought take-out food for him and his coach, including "three boxes of pizza, all sorts of chicken and mashed potatoes"; Isner said later that he was so hungry he could have eaten "12 Big Macs",[8] but reported that drinking coconut water helped him rehydrate and avoid the cramping that he had experienced in the past. At the 2012 edition of Wimbledon, Serena Williams had a women's record 102 aces for the entire tournament, falling short of both Isner's and Mahut's aces in a single round. John Isner def. The match was four hours and 32 minutes longer than the previous longest-ever match which was played between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut tore up the record books as their epic first-round contest at Wimbledon became the longest in tennis history. All times in British Summer Time (UTC+1)[63], 16. I don't know if I was crying or laughing. The match was broadcast live in its entirety on the BBC Red Button. 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. And while the match finished far short of the 3-day John Isner-Nicolas Mahut 11:05 2010 Wimbledon epic, it ranks as the longest Davis Cup singles match … [14] An IBM programmer worked on a hotfix for the scoring system until 11:45 p.m. to accommodate the match's scores for the next day, although it would have again malfunctioned had the match gone beyond 25 more games. 9:07 pm – Isner wins the fourth set by 7–6, after winning the tiebreak 7–3. "At this moment it's just really painful," the world No148 said. Consider adding this sentence to the end of the "Longest match ever:" heading, "The fifth set alone surpasses the previous record for the length of the longest tennis match in tennis history". The match -- longest in pro-tennis history -- took 11 hours, 5 … Whoever wins today, I think both of them are winners". The first four sets passed without significant incident. At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended before the start of the fifth set. The 2018 novel Chance to Break[46] by Owen Prell builds its narrative climax around the Isner–Mahut match. Isner, far back in the court at the time, later said that he would not have had the energy to chase after that shot. Most games in a set (138 in the fifth set). [But] I think it really is better than a dream because you can't even dream of something like this. By Thursday, the story of the longest tennis match in history had become a global news event. Nicolas Mahut, Wimbledon 1st Round, 2010 - 11 hours 5 minutes Eight years before John Isner took on Kevin Anderson, he took on Nicolas Mahut in what, till-date is … The odds of the unseeded players meeting in another first round match was 1 in 142.
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