Breaking Records

Posted: June 24, 2010 in tennis
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After more than 10 hours of play, the match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner has been halted due to darkness.  So far, a lot of records have already been broken by this still ongoing match.

The record for the most number of aces served in a single match is held by Ivo Karlovic and stands at 78.  Isner has 98 so far and Mahut has 94.

The record for the longest Wimbledon match is at 6 hours and 9 minutes.  The record for the longest tennis match is at 6 hours and 33 minutes.  I have already stated earlier how long the Isner-Mahut match has gone so far but to emphasize, the final set alone has been played for 7 hours and 6 minutes so far.  So far!  This match at court 18 will resume at 330om Thursday.

The record for the longest match in terms of games played is 122.  The fifth set so far has gone on for 118 games.  They went to tiebreak for the 3rd and 4th.  That’s an additional 26 more games.  The first set was 6-4 and the second was 6-3 – 19 more games bringing the total to 163 games so far.  Again, so far!

Here’s a summary of the match statistics so far, taken from the Wimbledon website.

Unbelievable, record-breaking match!

I can only say ‘WHOA!’  The more impressive thing actually is the size of the bladder of everyone involved in the match.  How many times have the players gone to the toilet to pee? Or the umpire?  Or the linesmen?  And ball boys?  And they probably have stomachs of steel, too.  10 hours and no food?  Amazing!

I am all for breaking the records. The geek in me loves all those numbers and comparisons!  So I really want them to make it to at least 100 games each in the fifth set!  Hahahaha…That would be something else!

Update: June 25

Isner wins 70-68 and delivers 112 aces! Will he still have the stamina or the strength for his upcoming matches?


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