USA Wins 70-68 After 11 Hour Marathon

No, not the team USA with Kevin Durant and company, this was American John Isner defeating Nicolas Mahut in first round action at Wimbledon. Isner (23) won in five sets: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

John Isner

This match easily was the longest in history spanning three days with 11 hours and 5 minutes of play, in fact the fifth set (8 hours, 11 minutes) was over an hour and a half longer than the longest match on record. At least they had two breaks in play, because I can’t imagine doing anything for 11 consecutive hours, especially playing tennis.

In an interview, Isner had this to say about the match, “It’s great, something Nic and I will share forever, really. I never said five words to the guy prior to the match. When I see him in the locker room at tournaments, we can share this.” This is truly a once in a lifetime event, and I don’t think anyone will ever come close to this record.

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