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‘Greatest match ever’ finally comes to a close

John Isner won the longest match in tennis history Thursday, taking thefifth set against Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in an epic struggle thatstretched over three days and 11 hours.

John Isner won the longest match in tennis history Thursday, taking the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in an epic struggle that stretched over three days and 11 hours.

The American closed out the victory with a backhand passing shot, then collapsed to his back as he tossed his racket in jubilation and relief.

The final score of the first-round match read: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

“When you come out and play a match like this, in an atmosphere like this, you don’t feel tired really out there,” Isner said, “even though that’s exactly what we both were.”

The match totalled 183 games and lasted 11 hours five minutes over three days. The fifth set alone lasted eight hours 11 minutes.

The match lasted so long it was suspended because of darkness two nights in a row. Play resumed Thursday at 59-all and continued for 20 games and 65 minutes before Isner won.

“We played the greatest match ever in the greatest place to play tennis,” Mahut said.

 
 
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