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.
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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