“The longest tennis match in history has finally finished after an epic 11 hours and five minutes at Wimbledon, with John Isner beating Nicolas Mahut by an incredible 70-68 in the final set” (news item).
The match score was 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68.
Some features of the match:
- Eleven hours and five minutes playing time.
- The final set lasted eight hours and eleven minutes.
- The game had a record of 183 games.
- John Isner served 112 aces and Nicolas Mahut 103.
- John Isner had four match points in the fifth set: one at 10-9, two at 33-32, and one at 59-58.
- There were 168 consecutive service holds.
- Nicolas Mahut had to serve to stay in the match 65 times in the final set.
- 1080 points were played. Nicolas Mahut won 502, John Isner 478
There is a delightful picture of the scoreboard in a Guardian article. This is the Wimbledon post about the match.
A week earlier Nicolas Mahut had qualified for Wimbledon and in one of his matches (against Alex Bogdanovic) had won in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 24-22. That set was the longest third set in the history of the Wimbledon Qualifying tournament!
Immediately after his game against Isner, Mahut went out to play a doubles match (back on Court 18).
Nicolas Mahut Serve