What is a longest compare in Wimbledon history? And is Rafael Nadal vs Gilles Muller tighten to a SW19 record?

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OVER a years Wimbledon has constructed some of tennis’ many engaging encounters, from a Nadal Federer final of 2008 to a Borg and McEnroe hitch of 1980.

Arguably, however, nothing of these can review to a initial turn singles compare on justice 18 during a 2010.

John Isner and Nicholas Mahut's epic compare lasted 11 hours

John Isner and Nicholas Mahut’s epic compare lasted 11 hours

A compare that went down as a longest compare in tennis history, clocking in during 11 hours and 5 mins over 3 days with a determining set finale a conspicuous 70 games to 68.

Here’s a lowdown on a match

The compare took place on a second day of a 2010 Wimbledon championships with 23rd seed, a American John Isner, personification a French qualifier Nicolas Mahut in a initial round.

The compare started during 6:13pm on Tuesday 22nd of June, with a initial 4 sets of a compare flitting but any genuine occurrence withdrawal a measure 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-3) or 2 sets all when a compare was halted due to vanishing light.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played for over 11 hours in 2010

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played for over 11 hours in 2010

Play resumed a subsequent day for a determining fifth set, that can't be staid with a tiebreaker in Grand Slam matches (except for a US open) and is usually won when one actor leads by dual games.

The compare afterwards became a longest compare ever, with no actor means to win dual uninterrupted games, until Thursday 24th of June, when 67 mins into a session, John Isner converted his fifth compare indicate of a compare and won a determining set 70-68.

The compare exceeded a existent record by 4 hours and 32 minutes, that had formerly been set during a French Open in 2004.

What they said

After a compare Mahut pronounced that yet his detriment was “really painful”, a dual players took partial in a “greatest compare ever during a biggest place to play tennis”

Mahut went on to co-write a book Le Match De Ma Vie (The Match Of My Life), published in 2011, papers his knowledge on a match.


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Isner pronounced that “Nothing like this will ever occur again-ever” and that it “stinks” that one of them had to lose.

John McEnroe described it as a “greatest ever announcement we’ve had for a sport”, while Novak Djokovic mentioned how everybody was examination it “in a locker rooms” and how “both of them are winners”



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