Historic Wimbledon match may never end

Posted: 06/23/2010 in tennis
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John Isner and Nicolas Mahut will finish off their epic Wimbledon first-round singles match on Thursday.

Maybe.

The two men’s tennis players were supposed to complete their match on Wednesday after it was suspended on Tuesday night due to darkness.

Didn’t happen.

Oh, they played on Wednesday. And played … and played … and played … and played some more.

Nothing was decided even though they hit volleys and served aces and made dramatic shots for seven hours and six minutes.

The two players are tied 59-59 in the fifth set in one of the most unbelievable tennis matches ever played.

They have played 10 hours of tennis over two days, easily breaking the previous record of six minutes, 33 seconds for a match set at the 2004 French Open when Fabrice Santoro defeated Arnaud Clement.

Think about that, the fifth set has gone on longer than the previous record for an entire match.

The festivities began Tuesday like a typical tennis match. Isner won the first set 6-4 before Mahut notched 6-3 and 7-6(7) victories. Isner that won the fourth set 7-6(3) to even the match at 2-2.

They took the court Wednesday to play the decisive final set. Only it kept going … and going … and going.

Got to love those kind Wimbledon officials – Isner was scheduled to play doubles on Wednesday but the match was postponed as the singles’ match stretched on and on. And on and on and on.

Isner and Mahut played 118 games of tennis during a single set on Wednesday – the previous record for an entire match was 112 games – in an unbelievable display of endurance and mental strength.

It’s hard to believe either player having anything left for a second-round match … oh wait, they still have this first-round marathon to finish.

Perhaps it’s better to label this match an Ironman competition than a marathon.

You may remember the terrific Wimbledon final last year where Roger Federer outlasted Andy Roddick in a marathon fifth set. That seemingly never-ending final set concluded at 30 games – 16-14 in Federer’s favor.

Isner and Mahut played 88 more games than that on Wednesday alone.

Remarkable. Incredible. Amazing. Epic.                                    

Whatever word you pick, nothing fully describes what is transpiring between these two players.

The historic match will continue Thursday, we know that much.

But the real question is this: Will it end on Thursday?

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