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


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

Arguably, however, nothing of these can review to the first turn singles compare on justice 18 during the 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 which went down as the longest compare in tennis history, clocking in at 11 hours and 5 mins over 3 days with the determining set finale a conspicuous 70 games to 68.

Here’s the lowdown on the match

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

The compare started at 6:13pm on Tuesday 22nd of June, with the first 4 sets of the compare flitting but any genuine occurrence leaving the measure 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-3) or 2 sets all when the 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 the next day for the determining fifth set, which can't be staid with a tiebreaker in Grand Slam matches (except for the US open) and is only won when one player leads by two games.

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

The compare exceeded the existent record by 4 hours and 32 minutes, which had formerly been set at the French Open in 2004.

What they said

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

Mahut went on to co-write the book Le Match De Ma Vie (The Match Of My Life), published in 2011, papers his knowledge on the 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 the “greatest ever announcement we’ve had for the sport”, while Novak Djokovic mentioned how everybody was examination it “in the locker rooms” and how “both of them are winners”

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