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John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in the history of tennis

 Wimbledon 2010

Wimbledon, London
June 24, 2010 

Nicolas Mahut and John Isner became part of the tennis history as they played the longest match in the history of tennis. The second round match between Mahut and Isner lasted 11 hours and five times and 3 days and Isner had the last smile. John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68 to advance to the third round where he will play Thiemo De Bakker. The last set lasted 491 minutes and 138 games. Both players recorded their highest number of aces in a match, 112 hit by Isner and 103 by Mahut.

It's 59-59 when the match had to be stopped due to bad light. The scoreboard read 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), 6-7(3), 59-59. It lasted 10 hours and 163 games when the match was interrupted on Day 2. The match broke a lot of records.

Special mementos were presented to the umpire (Mohammad Layani) and both players marking this extra ordinary match in the history of Wimbledon and tennis. Ann Jones and former British No. 1 Tim Henman presented the mementos.

Match Statistics

John IsnerNicolas Mahut
1st Serve %361 of 491 = 74%328 of 489 = 67%
Aces112103
Double Faults1021
Unforced Errors6260
Winning % on 1st Serve292 of 361 = 81%284 of 328 = 87%
Winning % on 2nd Serve82 of 130 = 63%101 of 161 = 63%
Winners (Including Service)246244
Receiving Points Won104 of 510 = 20%117 of 501 = 23%
Break Point Conversions2 of 14 = 14%1 of 3 = 33%
Net Approaches97 of 144 = 67%111 of 155 = 72%
Total Points Won478502
Fastest Serve Speed 143 MPH128 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 123 MPH118 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 112 MPH101 MPH

Player quotes

Roger Federer
"It's unfortunate these guys are going to be a little bit tired tomorrow and the next day… and the next week… and the next month..."
"I've been following this as closely as I could. I walked on court at about 11-all in the fifth, and they're still going. This is absolutely amazing. In a way, I wish I was them, in some ways I wish I wasn't them. This is a very special match. I hope somehow this is going to end. They'll be fresh again tomorrow if they have to come back."

when asked if there should be a fifth set tie-break, Federer doesn't think so - "I love this, I think it's perfect the way it is,"
"I know they're maybe not loving this, but I guess this is unheard of in our game. Normally there are breaks in tennis matches. John (Isner) is barely moving anymore, but he's still able to produce good serves when he has to. It's so impressive to see. I was watching this, and I don't know if I was crying or laughing. It was too much."
"I guess once you get to the point of 10-all, 20-all, you don't doubt anymore,"
"You just go point by point. You hope not to be down 0-30 and if it happens, you concentrate a bit extra. But I guess in some ways you're also relaxed. You just say: 'whatever happens, happens'. When it gets important, you try to focus. Like this, you don't have that extra pressure and tension in your body. Maybe that's why these guys can do it for so long and so good. You just go with the flow. Obviously once it's 50-all, you're like: 'I don't want to lose this match anymore after putting in a heroic effort already'. Unfortunately there's going to be a loser, but I think both will come out as winners, that's for sure."

Novak Djokovic
"I'm amazed that they can both hold their serves this comfortably for the whole day. It's unbelievable, and you have to give them credit, both of them,"
"Everybody's watching it in the locker rooms, everywhere. That's the longest match by far any tournament, any Grand Slam. Whoever wins today, I think both of them are winners. Obviously the loser will be disappointed."
"Maybe they should agree on playing tie-break if it's 50-all!" Perhaps the referee's office will implement a version of this new rule should we be in the same situation at 9pm on Thursday night, when the score stretches into three - or rather six - figures…

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