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Isner & Mahut Set Unthinkable Records

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Isner, Mahut© Getty ImagesJohn Isner and Nicolas Mahut shattered a slew of records.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s first-round match set the record for the longest ever tennis match in history in terms of number of games and duration. The match stretched over three days, suspended Tuesday at two-sets all and on Wednesday at 59-59 in the fifth set, before a winner finally emerged Thursday afternoon.

The final score: Isner d. Mahut: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68.

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Isner and Mahut played 183 games over the course of 11 hours and five minutes. The final set alone accounted for eight hours and 11 minutes of that time – 98 minutes more than the previous longest match on record. The two players each eclipsed the century-mark in number of aces, Isner firing 113 and Mahut 103, and held 168 consecutive service games.  

Isner had his chances to clinch the victory Wednesday with one match point at 10-9, two at 33-32, and one at 59-58. He prevailed on his first opportunity Thursday with a backhand winner past Mahut.

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Longest Matches In History

Time

Match

11 hours 5 minutes

Isner v Mahut – 2010 Wimbledon

6 hours 33 minutes

Santoro d. Clement – 2004 Roland Garros

6 hours 22 minutes

McEnroe d. Wilander – 1982 Davis Cup

6 hours 21 minutes

Becker d. McEnroe – 1987 Davis Cup

6 hours 4 minutes

Skoff d. Wilander – 1989 Davis Cup

5 hours 59 minutes

Stepanek d. Karlovic – 2009 Davis Cup

5 hours 46 minutes

Clement d. Rosset – 2001 Davis Cup

5 hours 45 minutes

Tahiri d. Muller – 2005 Davis Cup

5 hours 31 minutes

Corretja d. Gumy – 1998 Roland Garros

5 hours 28 minutes

Holmes d. Witsken – 1989 Wimbledon

The previous longest singles match in terms of games (all-time):
112 – Pancho Gonzales d. Charlie Pasarell 22-24 16 16-14 63 11-9 (1969 Wimbledon, 1st round)

The previous longest doubles match in terms of games (all-time):
122 – Stan Smith/Erik Van Dillen d. Patricio Cornejo/Jaime Fillol 79 37-39 86 61 63 (1973 Davis Cup, USA v CHI, American Zone Final)

The previous longest fifth set in Grand Slam men’s singles (all-time):
21-19 – Andy Roddick d. Younes El Aynaoui 46 76 46 64 21-19 (2003 Australian Open, quarterfinal)

The previous longest fifth set in Wimbledon men’s singles history:
20-18 – Mark Philippoussis d. Sjeng Schalken 46 63 67 76 20-18 (2000 Wimbledon, 3rd round)

The previous longest men’s singles set at a Grand Slam (all-time):
25-23 – John Newcombe d. Marty Reissen 46 63 64 25-23 (1969 US Open, round of 16)

Most aces served by one player in a match (since records began in 1991):
113 - John Isner (2010 Wimbledon 1st round)
103 - Nicolas Mahut (2010 Wimbledon 1st round)
78 - Ivo Karlovic (2009 Davis Cup World Group SF)

Most combined aces served in a match (since records began in 1991):
216 - John Isner v Nicolas Mahut (2010 Wimbledon 1st round)
96 - Radek Stepanek d. Ivo Karlovic 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 16-14 (2009 Davis Cup World Group semi-final rubber 1)

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