Marathon man, John Isner will permanently have his name etched into Wimbledon for years to come. The ‘Isner Law’ which will come into fruition from next year, means tie-breaks will be played at 12-12 in the final set, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has announced. The last few years have seen a wealth of Tennis matches going the distance, so let us rewind and have a look at some memorable Wimbledon games that went the distance.
‘The endless match’ will be remembered for an eternity. Played over three days, this 1st round epic is the longest tennis match not just at Wimbledon, but Tennis history and will likely never be beaten. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut slogged it out for a mammoth 11 hours, the fifth set alone was 8 hours! Isner eventually left court 18 the winner serving his 113th ace of the match, yep, you guessed it, also a record.
The 2018 Men’s semi-final was yet another epic. It involved marathon man Isner yet again, but this time he faced 6ft’8 South African Kevin Anderson. The third-longest match in tennis history ignited the need for an end to five-set epics. It seemed too much for Anderson as he would eventually succumb to Djokovic in the final in straight sets in no more than three hours.
Knowles and Nestor, who saved six match points, won their mammoth quarter-final against Simon Aspelin and Todd Perry 5-7, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 23-21 after 6hr 9min. They even had enough energy left to bump chests at the end. The match played over two days due to the fading light was a real clash of titans occasion.
The longest Women’s singles match at Wimbledon took almost four hours! These two heroines battled it out in 58 games. Chanda Rubin has form when it comes to memorable battles. During the French Open a few months before she won 7–6, 4–6, 8–6 after falling behind 0–5, 0-40 in the third set she would go on and save nine match points! What a warrior.
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BY - George Tipper
23 October 2018