Isner Outlasts Mahut in Record Breaking Match

On June 22, 2010 began a tennis match at Wimbledon that would turn into one of the most incredible, memorable, and record breaking matches in not only Wimbledon history; but tennis history. The match was between American John Isner, ranked 19th in the world, and Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut, currently unranked. The match began as any other tennis match with the first four sets going 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3). The first four sets lasted about 3 hours. The magic and record breaking occurred in the fifth set, which took approximately 8 hours and 11 minuets to complete. The fifth set lasted longer than the previous longest match in tennis history; the 2004 French Open which lasted 6 hours and 33 minutes. This match was so historic it needs a record book all its own. It broke the records for: most games in a match (163), Total aces in a match (193), most games in a single set (118), most aces by a single player (98; John Isner), and most points in a match (190). The match was so long that at one point while in the fifth set the scoreboard malfunctioned and stopped working. This epic match had to be suspended twice, due to darkness. Word quicly spread around as the historic match was being played that player Rodger Federer became aware of it during his own match. You normally don’t expect court 18 to be the highlight of a Wimbledon match, but this was no normal match. During the third day of play the court was so full of spectators that people could not find sets, not even the press corps. People close enough to the building began watching the match through their windows. The match was so huge that even Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Wimbledon was a blip on the radar. Whenever there is a match where both players give their all there should be a rule that they both win. Isner finally won the match on the third day which took 1 hour and 5 minuets to complete, beating Mahut in the fifth set 70-68. They say that records are made to be broken, but I have a feeling that this one will hold for a very, very long time.

Final Score: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 (first round match)

Statistics provided by: ESPN.com and Tennis.com

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