Wimbledon match is longest ever
Updated Jun 23, 2010 4:33 PM ET
History has been made at Wimbledon ... and there's more to come.
American John Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut have played exactly 10 hours of tennis in their ongoing first-round match, with the match being called due to darkness Wednesday in the fifth set with the incredible score of 59-59, making it the longest match in Open era tennis history.
The players began the match Tuesday, splitting the first four sets before being stopped due to darkness that night. They will finish the match — hopefully — on Thursday. There are no fifth-set tiebreakers at Wimbledon.
At 7 hours, 6 minutes, the amazing fifth set is, by itself, longer than any match in recorded history. The previous record was 6 hours, 33 minutes set in a 2004 French Open match between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement. Isner and Mahut's fifth set passed the 6 hour, 33 minute mark in the 111th game.
Even after 118 games, the fans weren't tired of the match. The crowd chanted, "We want more!" as the players and officials discussed calling the match.
It was supposed to be a quick completion, but Wednesday's fifth set has lasted over five hours with the match itself going over eight hours, smashing all sorts of records along the way — longest time, most games and most aces in a match to name a few.
Their dominant serves working to full effect, 23rd-seeded Isner and Mahut have rarely sniffed an opportunity on the other's racket. Isner came the closest, losing two match points on Mahut's serve at 32-33 and another at 58-59 to extend the drama. Mahut has had just one break point in the match, all the way back in the second set.
The match is wearing out more than just the players. The official scoreboard on the Wimbledon web site, apparently ill-equipped to handle such a marathon, reset the fifth-set score to 0-0 once the players hit 50-50.
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