The 2010 Wimbledon marathon finally ended when John Isner hit a backhand that flew past an exhausted Nicolas Mahut, ending the 11-hour, 5-minute match in the American’s favor at — deep breath — 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68. The epic clash between Isner and Mahut was just a first round match! We now have the world’s longest official tennis match. This occured over a three day period of 22–24 June 2010. The fifth set was the longest set in history as determined by both duration and number of games (8 hours 11 minutes, 138 games); the set itself would have broken the duration (previous record: 6 hours 33 minutes) and number of games (previous record: 112 games (singles), 122 games (doubles)) records of whole matches.
Other records they broke –
- Most games in match ever: 183 games over three days
- Most games in a single day: The first 118 games of the fifth set of Mahut-Isner match, played on 23 June 2010
- Longest play in a single day: The first 118 games of the fifth set of the 2010 Mahut-Isner match were played on its second day—23 June and lasted 7 hours and 6 minutes.
- Mens – Longest singles match by time played and number of games: In 2010, John Isner took 183 games to defeat Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68 in 11 hours and 5 minutes of play time in the first round.
No matter what John Isner and Nicolas Mahut accomplish moving forward, no matter tournaments won, wives married, divorced, or lives saved, they will be remembered Continue reading