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Marathon Tennis

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“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

Author: Keith Lyons

Clyde Street has been my WordPress blog since June 2008. I write about learning, teaching and performing.

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