View Full Version : Marathon match at Wimbledon.
Wed, 23rd Jun '10, 10:54pm
Okay, so most people are preoccupied with the World Cup but there are never the less other sports around and other tournaments played at the same time. ;)
For one, the number one event of the tennis season at Wimbledon London is underway. The highlight of today was the marathon match between American John Isner and Nicolas Mahut from France which has now taken over 10 hours and they're still not finished! The organizers were forced to stop the match due darkness and it will continue tomorrow from 59-59(!) in the fifth set, I've never seen anything similar before! I believe this will be the longest professional tennis match in history. Both players have also broken the record held previously by Ivo Karlovic on the number of aces in a single match with Isner having now 98 and Mahut 94. That's also a record which will surely not be broken in a very very long time. All I can say is wow and hope that the organizers have enough heart to schedule arrangements since the winner is due on court again tomorrow for the next match! Incredible...
Correction: Karlovic's previous record was actually 78 aces.
Thu, 24th Jun '10, 12:02am
I Saw parts of it. I did not want to see Germany win with the score of 1-0 like normal so I watched Wimbledon.
This is pure history. Who ever wins the WC football/soccer is just a footnote.
Thu, 24th Jun '10, 10:24am
It's truly incredible that Mahut & Isner are still going - having played so many hours, I worry that the match is only going to end when one of them pulls something and has to retire hurt! Isner, in particular, looked dead on his feet but still managed to hit aces. In spite of their fatigue, both refused to raise the white flag (maybe Sarko should make Domenech & the French Football team watch a DVD of Mahut's performance). I can see there being a result this morning, however, as with some rest someone might be able to summon up enough energy to break the other's serve.
Aldeth the Foppish Idiot
Thu, 24th Jun '10, 3:21pm
I've never seen anything similar before! I believe this will be the longest professional tennis match in history.
No one has seen anything like this before, because you are right - this is the longest match in professional tennis history. In fact, it's the longest by a lot. The previous record was just a bit over 6.5 hours, and this is over 10. You could play about 5 World Cup matches in that time.
Of course, this is something that can really only happen at Wimbledon. In most tennis matches, they allow a set to finish 7-6, and you are only required to win the last game by two points. In Wimbledon, you have to win the last set by two games. That is not a subtle difference.
All I can say is wow and hope that the organizers have enough heart to schedule arrangements since the winner is due on court again tomorrow for the next match!
This has occurred to me as well. In fact, since the match started Tuesday, it's possible that the winner is actually scheduled to play again today, which would be problematic to say the least. Ultimately, I think both players are toast after this match. Whoever they would play in the next match will be well rested, while they will be exhausted. I cannot see either of them advancing further than this round.
Thu, 24th Jun '10, 6:16pm
Well the match is over now with Isner eventually winning the match 70-78 in the fifth, after eleven hours of play. Both players also hit over the 100 mark with aces! When Ivanisevic got to Wimbledon final in 1994 (I think?) he hit 200 aces in the course of the entire tournament. These two hit the same amount in a single match! Ivanisevic is also known as one of the best servers of all time! Incredible!
@Aldeth I actually believe that in all Grand Slam tournaments the final set is played long without a tiebreak.
Thu, 24th Jun '10, 6:16pm
It's over. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8759545.stm) Isner wins 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68 :jawdrop:
Thu, 24th Jun '10, 6:19pm
Isner has a doubles match scheduled in about an hour, something tells me that he'll be pulling out from that one. He'll have to be back on court for the next round in singles in about 24 hours, so I think he'll probably be too exhausted to stand much of a chance in the next match.
Thu, 24th Jun '10, 7:57pm
Congratulations to Isnar - but much respect to Mahut, who must've had to save the match on his serve 62 or 63 times! Incredible determination, expecially when you know that one duff service game could see you lose, whereas your opponent gets a go at breaking back.
Thu, 24th Jun '10, 8:06pm
US open has fifth set tie brake. Wimbledon and Roland Gaross use this system. Australia ???
Fri, 25th Jun '10, 1:55pm
A comment by Caroline Wozniacki:
- On Wednesday I turned on the TV in the dressing room before playing the double. At that time the score was 21-20. When my match was about to begin, I think one of them was ahead by 48-47, says Wozniacki.
- I said jokingly that they probably wouldn't have finished by the time our double match was over. They hadn't.
(Original article, in Danish (http://www.sporten.dk/diverse/wozniacki-kommer-aldrig-i-maraton-kamp).)
Fri, 25th Jun '10, 5:03pm
Poor guy had no gas left in the tank and was demolished in the second round.