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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Are You Kidding Me...

YahooSports.com - — It's the longest match in tennis history: 9 hours, 58 minutes. The previous record was 6 hours, 33 minutes.
— Longest set in tennis history: 118 games.
— Most games in Wimbledon history: 153 (previous record was 112).
— Both players broke the ATP record for most aces in a match. Isner had 98, Mahut hit 94. The previous record was 78. Combined, the two had 192 aces, more than double the old record of 84.
— Mahut had just three break points during the entire match.
— The first four sets took 2 hours, 54 minutes. The fifth set is at 7 hours, 4 minutes and counting.
— Mahut won 448 points to Isner's 428. Isner had more winners: 333 to 318.
— The final set is longer than the previous longest match in tennis history. That was 6 hours, 33 minutes.
— Isner had four match points, one at 11-10, two others at 33-32 and another at 59-58. The first and last match points came nearly six hours apart.
— At 50-50, Mahut had two break points and Isner promptly served a 134 mph ace.
— With Mahut serving at 52-53, the pair exchanged a 16-shot rally which ended with a Mahut forehand winner. It was the longest rally of the match. On the next point, Mahut dove for a backhand at the baseline following another long rally.
— The players took their first bathroom break at 58-58. While walking in the tunnel, they exchanged pleasantries, the first time they had spoken all evening.
— Mahut only qualified for Wimbledon after winning a qualifier match in a 24-22 final set.
— The match is almost two hours longer than the longest Major League Baseball game in history (an 8:06 game between the White Sox and Brewers in 1984).
— The scoreboard stopped working at 47-47.

This is absolutely unreal. The American John Isner, ranked 23rd in the Tournament is up against Nicolas Mahut in the most literal see-saw match in history. This thing started Monday afternoon. Thank god they don't have lights on the court otherwise people might be dead. I don't usually watch tennis that much, but you kind of have to here. In the time these two have played, you could..

Watch 4 of the 6 'Star Wars' movies.
Fly From JFK to Rome.
Finish the Ironman Triathlon (if you're pretty good)
Work your 9-5, come home, have dinner and play with the kids.
Watch 3 baseball games
Listen to 4 live Dave Matthews Band setlists.
Solve a Rubik's Cube.
Answer most of life's questions.
Play about 170 games of Mario Kart.

Have fun.

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