You can dream of winning a match 22‑20, maybe 34‑32, but not 70‑68. I didn't want to have to sleep on it. It was the perfect combination. I mean, I was watching this. The two next met at the 2011 Hopman Cup exhibition in Perth. , Other players, former players, officials, media commentators and fans also praised the behaviour of both players.  The singles record since the introduction of the tie-break was the 2003 Australian Open quarter-final match, in which Andy Roddick and Younes El Aynaoui played 83 games; Roddick won 4–6, 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–4, 21–19.. The match was resumed on 24 June, and both players continued to dominate their service games. We often don't get the respect we deserve in tennis for the athletic demands it places on players, but this should push that respect way up".  On the second day of the match, two groups of 14 linespeople and four groups of 28 ballboys and ballgirls were used in a rotation. Isner failed to convert four match points on this day, the first when Mahut was serving at 9–10, the second and third when Mahut was serving at 32–33, and the fourth in the dramatic last game that they played at 58–59 on 23 June, with Mahut initially serving up 40–15 for the hold. Play is suspended at two sets all. , On 14 July, Isner and Mahut were jointly awarded the 2010 ESPY Award for "Best Record-Breaking Performance", beating fellow nominees Roger Federer and Usain Bolt. HBO released a mockumentary in 2015 titled 7 Days in Hell, starring Andy Samberg and Kit Harington as two professional tennis players who face off in what becomes the longest match in history.  A sports surgeon said the players had risked dehydration, hyperthermia, and kidney damage during the long match, and that one or both might suffer "some sort of injury or persistent problem over the next six months [...] shoulder problems, tendonitis, and recurrent knee problems", as well as the inability to "get into a groove" mentally for up to a year. The film was inspired by the Isner–Mahut match and included former and current professional tennis players in cameo roles playing themselves, including John McEnroe, Chris Evert and Serena Williams. The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships is the longest tennis match in history. Total match time was 11 hours, 5 minutes. Total match time at this point was 9 hours, 58 minutes. This brought up Isner's fifth match point (his first on 24 June) and his 14th break point of the match, which Isner converted with a down-the-line backhand passing shot. Both players broke numerous Wimbledon and tennis records, including each serving over 100 aces, with the match being referred to as "the endless match". It was amazing.". [But] I think it really is better than a dream because you can't even dream of something like this. John Isner would win the longest tennis match in history by taking the fifth set 70-68 over Nicolas Mahut. The 2018 novel Chance to Break by Owen Prell builds its narrative climax around the Isner–Mahut match. It is now the longest match in Grand Slam history. Now, when I do see him in the locker room at other tournaments, we'll always be able to share that. This article details longest tennis match records by duration or number of games. , In addition, the AELTC placed a plaque commemorating the match at Court 18.  The match was originally scheduled for 24 June but was postponed due to the continuance of Isner's first-round match against Mahut.  They met again at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, again in the first round. It was very long but I think we both enjoyed it." I'm kind of glad it happened. Meeting in the first round of play at the grand slam, Isner met qualifier Mahut. For his part, Mahut replied: "Happy birthday friend John Isner. Isner said he hoped he will have enough left in the tank today when he takes on the Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, a former junior champion here.  The rule was first used in the singles in the 2019 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, after their fifth set ended that way. But as so often happens, he was the one to get broken as Isner made two of his best passing shots of the match to clinch victory. 3:40 pm – Match resumes on Court 18 at 59–59 in the fifth set. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, he played the longest professional tennis match in history, defeating Nicolas Mahut in a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes, played over the course of three days. But later he was asked if he agreed with McEnroe and the answer was somewhat surprising. Having played through the qualifying stage, Mahut was drawn against Isner in the first round of Gentlemen's Singles. The final set alone was longer than the previous longest match. After resuming on Wednesday, 23 June, at 2:05 pm, the record for longest match was broken at 5:45 pm. The entire match over the 3 days lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes. The length of the match exceeded the total playing time of Serena Williams in every round combined in winning the previous year's Ladies Wimbledon title. Isner drank a "recovery shake" and took an ice bath. , Resuming on 23 June, it soon became the longest match ever. IBM programmers said it was only programmed to go to 47–47 but would be fixed by the next day. That’s four hours and three minutes more than the second-longest match, a Davis Cup doubles rubber between the Czech Republic and Switzerland in 2013. At 11 hours and five minutes, their first-rounder was four hours longer than the second-longest match…  Isner–Mahut's fifth set alone lasted some 90 minutes longer than the previous longest match. It was really an honour to play the greatest match ever at the greatest place for tennis. 8 … Mahut took the second set 6–3, having broken Isner's serve to love in the second game of the set. 4:47 pm – Match ends in favour of John Isner, who won the final set 70–68. The Frenchman had his head in his hands for a long time afterwards and looked like he would rather have been anywhere else when Tim Henman and Anne Jones, the 1969 Wimbledon champion, came on to court to give both men a memento of their efforts. The match began at 6:13 pm (British Summer Time, or 17:13 UTC) on Tuesday, 22 June 2010, on Court 18 at Wimbledon. On this day in 2010, we witnessed the end of the longest tennis match in history.  The next morning, the BBC reported that Mahut had been practising and Andy Murray informed them that Isner had been on a treadmill before play resumed. Longest Tennis Matches. And while the match finished far short of the 3-day John Isner-Nicolas Mahut 11:05 2010 Wimbledon epic, it ranks as the longest Davis Cup singles match … At 30–30, Isner passed Mahut at the net with a difficult inside-out forehand from the middle of the court that landed just inside the line. This match also has a mention in Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer's 2016 song "Open String" from the album There's a Rumpus Going On.. A match between Isner-Mahut was a rare event and their match is recorded as the longest tennis match in the world (11 hours, 5 minutes, and 183 games), longest tennis set in the world (5th set, at 8 hours and 11 min) and June 23 was the only date in the world where 118 tennis games was happen. The longest tennis match became international news long before it ended. Instead, Wimbledon posted video coverage of the match in its entirety on its YouTube channel. The match took place during the 2010 edition of the 13-day Wimbledon Championships, held every June and July. Mahut also failed to convert two break points on Isner's serve, at 50–50. All times in British Summer Time (UTC+1), 16. , As the winner, Isner advanced to the second round where, on the day following the conclusion of his match with Mahut, he played Thiemo de Bakker on 25 June at 12 pm on Court 5. The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships is the longest tennis match in history. "I guess it is something Nic and I will share forever, really," he said. By Thursday, the story of the longest tennis match in history had become a global news event.  Time named this match one of the Top 10 Sports Moments of 2010. John Isner served his 79th ace to take the final set to 39–38 with serve. But even though it was dark and no one could see, I wanted a final verdict, win or lose. 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When I got in the locker room, sat down, I just didn't know what to think. 6: Isner d. Mahut, 2010 Wimbledon. Never before in the history of Wimbledon, which was first contested in 1877, had any match -- singles or doubles, men or women -- lasted more than 112 games, a mark set in 1969. The most memorable part of Wimbledon 2010, Day 4, was the fact that the seemingly never-ending match came to an end with the defeat of French qualifier, Nicolas Mahut at the hands of 23rd seeded American, John Isner. Nicolas Mahut, Wimbledon 2010 (11h 5m)- This unusual first round match-up in Wimbledon has gone down as the longest tennis matches ever in the history of the game. Longest set (the fifth set required 8 hours, 11 minutes). Total aces in a match (Mahut's 103 aces, the second highest number by a player in a match, brought the total to 216). The match went on for three days and took place over 11 hours and 5 … Mahut also slept for only a few hours, and had a cold bath and a massage.  In lieu of an in-person reunion, John Isner and Nicholas Mahut celebrated their anniversary via social networks. But as the Frenchman faltered ever so slightly, Isner hit a forehand pass to set up his fifth match-point and then sent a backhand pass for a winner to clinch victory before falling to the grass in sheer joy. , On the second day of play, the courtside scoreboard stood still at 47–47 and later went dark. 8 years ago at Wimbledon, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest ever tennis match in history. , Immediately after the match, both players and the umpire were presented with a crystal bowl and champagne flutes by Tim Henman and Ann Haydon-Jones on behalf of the All England Club, as special recognition of the match.  This surpassed Ivo Karlović's 78 aces that he served on 18 September 2009 in a Davis Cup match against Radek Štěpánek. 9:07 pm – Isner wins the fourth set by 7–6, after winning the tiebreak 7–3. Roger Federer said of the match, "It's so impressive to see. The match -- longest in pro-tennis history -- took 11 hours, 5 … John Isner def. The light faded again, and so play was suspended at 9:09 pm, with the final set tied at 59 games all. After 11 hours, five minutes and 183 games – spread across three days – the longest tennis match in history finally ended at 4.48pm this afternoon with John Isner of the US beating the Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 70‑68 in the final set of their first-round encounter.  Isner was visibly exhausted and required medical treatment for neck and shoulder problems throughout the match. The chair umpire throughout the match was the Swedish official Mohamed Lahyani. "I was completely delirious," he admitted. I didn't think that type of match was possible so I was really expecting to wake up, in all seriousness. Nicolas Mahut, Wimbledon 1st Round, 2010 - 11 hours 5 minutes Eight years before John Isner took on Kevin Anderson, he took on Nicolas Mahut in what, till-date is …  Mahut revealed that following the match, he spent three months suffering from depression and a back injury. At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended before the start of the fifth set. Total match time at this point was 2 hours, 54 minutes. It makes me proud to be a part of it.  McEnroe speculated, however, that the match might have shortened Isner and Mahut's careers by six months. When the two players had gone off court at 9.09pm on Wednesday, Mahut appeared relatively fresh but Isner looked like he was about to pass out. To commemorate the match a plaque entitled 'The Longest Match' hangs at court 18 bearing the score and duration. It was the shortest men's Wimbledon match at that point in 2010, and Isner failed to serve a single ace. In tennis, the ATP Masters is an annual series of nine top-level tennis tournaments featuring the elite men's tennis players on the ATP Tour.The tournaments are important for the top players on the professional circuit as the series constituted the most prestigious tournaments in men's tennis after the four Grand Slam events. Before he left, Isner said his coach joked that he would “be able to play for 10 hours.” Little did he know. But spare a thought for poor Mahut, who was sent back out to Court 18 to begin a doubles match with Arnaud Clément against Britain's Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski managing just one set before the light failed.  While in the first four sets of a match a tiebreaker is used to decide a tied set, this did not apply in the fifth set, in 2010, except at the US Open. Fellow American Andy Roddick brought take-out food for him and his coach, including "three boxes of pizza, all sorts of chicken and mashed potatoes"; Isner said later that he was so hungry he could have eaten "12 Big Macs", but reported that drinking coconut water helped him rehydrate and avoid the cramping that he had experienced in the past. At the 2012 edition of Wimbledon, Serena Williams had a women's record 102 aces for the entire tournament, falling short of both Isner's and Mahut's aces in a single round. While Isner's face lit up with joy, Mahut was absolutely distraught, unable to take in the fact that he had come out on the losing side. "I don't think I've ever said five words to the guy prior to our match, not that he's a bad guy, it just is what it is.