Marathon Tennis

“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.

Staying Power

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).

Photo Credits

John Isner

Nicolas Mahut Serve

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