Using advantage set rules in the final set, French player Nicolas Mahut and John Isner of US played a record-breaking long match in the history of professional tennis during tournament in the 2010 Wimbledon. Having been played over three days on June 22, 23 and 24 of 2010, the match suddenly became the talk of town among the Wimbledon crowd and tennis enthusiasts.
The tournament that lasted for eleven hours and five minutes came to an end when Mahut moved toward the net and Isner hit a passing shot. With spectators and fans around, there were 980 overall points and 183 total games. Isner won the final set at with 70-68 games in the fifth set.
The match, which became historical, started on Tuesday night and stretched over three days. It was suspended due to fading light during the first and second day of play. It was described as the endless match for the flabbergasted crowd. Giving a standing ovation for the two players, the fans were all happy to be part of this strikingly awesome match.
Hardly believing the match had ended, Isner was overwhelmed, almost collapsing on the tennis lawn before rising up again. He hurriedly acknowledged Mahut’s effort when he came toward him and the players enfolded over the net. Almost teary-eyed Mahut praised Isner and expressed his gratitude to all spectators and organizers, who patiently waited for the match to come to an end. During one of the interview after the match, Isner said he didn’t think it was really possible to have a match that lasted for that long and even thought it was a dream.
With this record-smashing longest match, Federer defined it as an absolutely amazing match. Even Andy Murray got surprised by the fight and how the two players made it that way.
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