Mahut, Isner Set Longest Tennis Match Ever

Nicolas Mahut and John Isner have set the longest tennis match in history on Wednesday at Wimbledon, but will return on Thursday to, hopefully, finally decide the winner of the match that began on Tuesday. Mahut and Isner have played for an accumulated time of ten hours as of Wednesday before they were forced to stop due to darkness, with the score tied at two sets apiece and 59-59 in the final set.

The fifth set alone is already longer than the previous longest match. Mahut and Isner have already spent seven hours and six minutes slugging it out in the fifth set. The previous longest match record was six hours and 33 minutes set by Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement in the 2004 French Open.

“Nothing like this will ever happen again, ever,” said Isner, who still wanted to push through with the match when it was stopped. “We’re just fighting like we never did before. Someone has to win so we will come back tomorrow and see who’s going to win this match,” Mahut said.

Other records also fell on Wednesday, including those for most aces and games in a match. Isner has 98 aces while Mahut has 95 when the match was temporarily halted. Both have broken Ivo Karlovic’s previous record of 78. Isner and Mahut have also played 163 games so far, beating the records for both singles and doubles, which stood at 112 and 122, respectively.