5 longest matches in tennis history


5 longest matches in tennis history

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut

Tennis is a sport that is not time-bound. But usually, we don’t see a match going on for more than 2 -3 hours. But it takes a high amount of grit & stamina from a player’s body when the game lasts for long hours.

Although, the Introduction of the tiebreak in 1970 reduced the chances for long matches in tennis. All Grand slams then used tie-breakers but not The French Open, which used the advantage set rules.

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But most Tennis fans have witnessed the longest match in tennis history which happened in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010 and lasted for 11 hours 5 minutes. Interestingly four of the top 5 encounters were played between 2010-18.

Here is a list of all-time longest matches in Tennis history

Fabrice Santoro vs Arnaud Clement (6 hours 33 minutes)

Santoro vs Clement
Santoro vs Clement

History was created at the French Open first-round match between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement in 2004. They broke the previous record of the longest match by 2 minutes, which was created by American women Viki Nelson and Jean Hepner in 1984(Surprisingly this match was a two-setter comprising one rally of 643 shots and ran for 6 hours and 31 minutes).

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Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement thrilled the Roland Garros crowd for 6 hours and 33 minutes. This was the longest match in tennis history until Isner and Mahut broke it 6 years later.

Kevin Anderson vs John Isner (6 hours 36 minutes)

John Isner and Kevin Anderson
John Isner and Kevin Anderson

John Isner, Wimbledon, and long matches have a special connection. Kevin Anderson and John Isner, two old college friends serving aces after aces, played the longest ever semifinal, second-longest match of Wimbledon history, Grand Slam history, and 4th longest match in tennis history (3rd longest when this match was played).

Anderson won this match 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 and became the first South African to reach Wimbledon‘s final since 1921.

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Leonardo Mayer vs Joao Souza (6 hours 43 minutes)

Mayer celebrates
Leonardo Mayer

In 2015, Leonardo Mayer defeated Joao Souza in the longest-ever Davis cup match by 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13. This epic encounter lasted for 6 hours, 43 minutes, and this is the second-longest singles match to date.

It was also longer than any match for a clay court on the ATP tour. The fifth set itself lasted for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Before this, the longest singles Davis cup match (now the seventh-longest match overall) was played between John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 1982.

Thomas Berdych/Lukas Rosol vs Stan Wawrinka/Marco Chiudinelli (7 hours 2 minutes)

Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol
Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol

This is the longest doubles match ever played in tennis history. in 2013, Thomas Berdych/Lukas Rosol and Stan Wawrinka/Marco Chiudinelli’s encounter in the first round of the Davis cup lasted for 7 hours and 2 minutes.

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In this match pair of Stan Wawrinka/Marco Chiudinelli saved 12 match points but end up on the losing side as they lost the fifth set by 22-24.

John Isner vs Nicolas Mahut (11 hours 5 minutes)

John Isner and Nicholas Mahut
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut

June 23, 2010, John Isner (23rd seed then) and Nicolas Mahut (qualifier) met in the first round of Wimbledon at court number 18. Who would have thought that they are about to witness the longest match in tennis history, even the scoreboard was designed to go till 47-47.

Two days into the game when Isner and Mahut were fighting in the fifth set, everybody tuned in to witness the longest ever match in tennis history. Isner and Mahut were polar opposites to each other with one’s weakness was the other’s strength.

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This match lasted for three days, 11 hours 5 minutes, 183 games, 215 aces in total. 138 games played in fifth set itself. Isner collapsed on the ground after winning the fifth set by 70-68 in the super human match.

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