Isner-Mahut op Wimbledon 2010


August 13, 2022

The match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon 2010 is the longest tennis match ever played. On June 22, 23 and 24, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played a match at the 2010 Wimbledon Tennis Championships that lasted a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes and set even more records. John Isner won.


The match started on the second day of the tournament. Mahut did not have enough points to automatically qualify for the tournament, but earned his place by winning the preliminary rounds. He defeated Frank Dancevic 6–3, 6–0 in the preliminaries, Alex Bogdanovic 3–6, 6–3, 24–22, and Stefan Koubek 6–7(8), 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4. The match itself started on June 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm UK Daylight Saving Time (17:13 UTC) and was not settled until June 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm. The game had to be interrupted several times in between. John Isner won the match in 183 games. The final score was 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3) and 70-68. The match between Mahut and Isner had to be interrupted after four sets because of the falling twilight. The match continued on June 23, but there was no winner that day either. At 5:45 pm the old record for longest game ever was officially broken. When the score was 47–47, the scoreboard broke. According to IBM programmers, the board was not programmed to count beyond 47. The problem would have been solved the next day. In the evening the match had to be canceled again because of the falling twilight. The score then was 59–59. In preparation for the next day, Isner took an ice bath. He said he was so starved after playing all day that he could eat 12 Big Macs. He slept less than four hours prior to the next part of the match. On the 24th, the game resumed, but again both players proved evenly matched. The scoreboard had been adjusted, but was likely to flip if 25 more games were added. After 65 minutes of play on the third day, Isner won the game 70–68.


This legendary Wimbledon grass match set the following records: Most aces in one matchIsner and Mahut smashed the old record by hitting 113 and 103 aces respectively. The old record was held by Ivo Karlović. The Croat hit 78 aces in a match on September 19, 2009 in the Davis Cup match against Radek Štěpánek. Nevertheless, he lost the match. Until that moment, however, he held the world record with 55 aces. Longest set They played the longest set ever, namely 8 hours and 11 minutes. The fifth set in this match lasted longer than the longest ATP match ever played. In the end, this set ended in John Isner's favor 70-68. Longest match They played the longest match in the ATP tour ever: 11 hours and 5 minutes in total. The first four sets were completed on June 22. It only took them 2 hours and 57 minutes to do this. On June 23, they needed more than seven hours for the final set. On day two, the match was halted at a score of 59-59 in the fifth set. The game ended 70-68 in favor of John Isner. The old record was 6 hours and 33 minutes. Most games in one match They also played the most games in one match. The old record of 112 games was broken in the fifth set. A total of 183 games were played. This number is comparable to a tennis match of 15 sets. In total, Mahut won 502 points and Isner 478. The match was won by Isner. Most games in one setAnd they played the most games in one set. The set eventually ended with 138 games. The longest game for this match lasted 'only' 110 games in total. This was before the tie-break. Most consecutive service games held Both players held their service game 84 games in a row, totaling 168 games.