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Tennis records smashed at Wimbledon


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Nov 2, 2008
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leeds england
Courtesy of msn sports

"Wimbledon history has been made in a match so long the scoreboard broke down.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut served up the lengthiest contest of any tennis Grand Slam in a clash on Court 18 which saw the pair locked in battle after more than 100 games in the final set.

With temperatures peaking at 28C (82F), players and fans were left "stunned" as they staggered through the fifth set.

As the match entered its seventh hour, American Isner, the 23rd seed, and French grass-court specialist Mahut also broke the record for the number of aces served in a match at SW19.

The titanic battle left the players visibly exhausted and at times struggling to walk as the final set hit three figures in games.

Both players held their serve for an incredible 118 games in the decider before bad light over SW19 brought it to a halt at 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7/9) 7-6 (7/3) 59-59.The first round match had lasted exactly 10 hours.

To a standing ovation from the crowd, the exhausted players said they were unable to agree on carrying on. Just moments before, hundreds were chanting: "We want more, we want more."

Speaking as he left the court, Isner said: "Nothing like this will happen again. Ever. He was serving fantastic, I was serving fantastic. I would love to see the stats."

World number one Roger Federer said: "This is absolutely amazing. In a way, I wish I was them, in some ways I wish I wasn't them. So this is a very special match."

Croatian Ivo Karlovic previously held the record for the number of aces, having served 51 in a defeat to Italian Daniele Bracciali in 2005."

I just caught the last hour until bad light stopped play at 9pm this evening. Isn't it great to be part of such a historical event.
:w00t: WOW! I'm surprised they were even moving.


John Isner was hardly moving at the end but he still managed to pull out some Aces to hold onto his serve. Mahout looked as if he was still in the 2nd set but it was his decision to call it a day because of bad light. Isner wanted to carry on but the commentary team which includes John Mckenroe, thought it was a good move to suspend the play too.
Well it's finally over with American John Isner winning the 5th set 70-68 after 11hours and 5 mins total play. The All England Tennis club presented both players and the umpire with a special gift. It's a pity that the Queen didn't present it but she had gone home by the time the lads had finished.