John Isner Vs. Nicolas Mahut Live Blog; Longest Match in Tennis History

Sam BlumCorrespondent IJune 23, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Nicolas Mahut of France reacts during his first round match against John Isner of USA on Day Three of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 23, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
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11:08 p.m. EST: Please note that there will be a separate live blog for the resumption of tomorrow's match starting 15 minutes prior to first ball. (Well really 50,000th ball, but first ball of day three).

6:08: Interesting fact. The match was exactly 10 hours into it when play was suspended on day two of this unbelievable match. 

5:15: Breaking News: The match will resume at approximately 11:15 a.m. EST. That is approximate. The first two women's matches need to be completed on that court first, who knows they might go for 9 hours, that is why you need to keep checking back to see when the match will resume. Have a great night, and I look forward to seeing you all reading tomorrow. 

4:27: The winner of that match will NOT have to play their second round singles match tomorrow. They will (try) to finish the first round though. 

4:15: Players being escorted off by multiple police officers. 

4:13: Players are speechless. 

4:10: PLAY HAS BEEN SUSPENDED! A resumption time for tomorrow will be announced in about 15 minutes, and it will be posted here at this time. Also check back for any updates regarding player's reaction. Says Isner coach, "It's Surreal". 

4:09: Crowd says, "We Want More! We Want More!" How much more can they ask for? 

4:08: After his fourth match point, Isner loses it, and the game. 59-59, and talks have begun about ending it. Boo's have erupted on court 18. 

4:06: ACE!

4:06: Match point...

4:05: DEUCE. 

4:04: Jelana Jankovic wins and Nikolay Davydenko loses, but none of that compares to this one. 40-30 on Mahut's serve. 

4:00: Play will stop soon. 59-58. They might play up until about 9:15-9:30. Mahut is being treated on the finger. 

3:58: Mahut dives across the court. Never gives up. It was futile, as Isner is up 30-0. 

3:54: They are both taking a bathroom break together. They were talking with each other on the way there. What could they be talking about?  

3:53: It was 30-30 on Mahut's serve, but of course, that is followed from a big serve. 

3:50: Upset update. Daniel Brands is on the verge of beating seventh ranked Nikolay Davydenko. The referee has made some sort of announcement on court 18, it was unclear. 0-15 on Mahut's serve.  

3:48: Mahut holds. This set has taken 6:44. The previous longest match in history was 6:33. This is one set. 30-0 Isner. Something wrong with Mahut finger. 

3:44: Isner holds, Mahut breaks a string. 57-56. 

3:43: "Funny theory from Bennett Spector, "Ok, what if these guys both new they had no chance at winning Wimbledon and they decided they would just try to play the longest match ever and we are all losers for watching a rigged match?" 

3:39: Isner holds again. 

3:38: This set alone will most likely break the record for longest match alone, if it hasn't already.

3:35: Isner just hit an amazing passing shot to make it 15-15. An ace follows to make it 30-15 for Mahut. 

3:32: ISNER HOLDS! 55-54, not a typo folks. I have been on the edge of my seat the whole match. This is a test of will, and both of these players are up to the challenge. 

3:31: 15-30. 

3:30: Wouldn't have it any other way, 54-54, Mahut holds. 0-15 on Isner's serve. 

3:28: 15-30. 

3:27: 0-30 on Mahut's serve. 

3:23: Wow, Isner a point away from 54-53. Says Bennett Spector..."What if this game goes on for infinity - like, we age naturally but these guys never stop playing? I just changed your perception of reality, BOOM!"

3:20: Court 18 packed. Only someone John Isner's height could see over the lines of people trying to watch. 

3:16: 53-52. There is a decent chance this could be finished tomorrow. 

3:13: 52-52. And in case you were wondering, court 18 is absolutly packed. 

3:07: 52-51, fifth set. Isner got snubbed again, but rebounded. 

3:05: A Mahut serve that might have been out was called good, Isner was mad. It could have gone either way. 40-15.

3:03: Post-match interviews? What will they be like. Will there ever be a post match? 

3:01: Serve and volley for Isner. Then he lets one go, it miraculously goes out. Then he gets the service winner, 51-50!


3:00: 15-40. Huge opportunity for Mahut. 

2:59: 15-30 on Isner's serve. 

2:58: 50-50. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!?!?! STANDING OVATION IN BETWEEN GAMES that was not a change over. 

2:55: Don't forget, leave comments at the bottom, or e-mail them to 50-49 in the fifth set. 

2:53: Get this, this set is now longer than any match in the history of Wimbledon. Not just a set, a full match. This set is longer than every and any match.

2:52: You guy's aren't gonna believe this, but...Mahut holds. 

2:52: Isner had 30-30. Big ace from Mahut. 

2:50: these guys have all gotten small chances, but the serves keep coming up big. 

2:48: Isner holds. 

2:46: Pam Shriver (ESPN): "This match is like a freak". ISNER just blew two easy points to make it 30-30. 

2:44 p.m.: Isner just threw his racket in frustration. 40-30. 

2:42 p.m.: It has truly been a miracle run for Mahut. 15-30. uhhh ohh. His last two qualifying matches were very difficult. Swing and a miss from Isner, 30-30. 

2:39 p.m: Isner holds. Apperantly the score board is malfunctioning. It is about time. 

2:37 p.m.: Sorry for not updating the score, but do I really need to? 47-47. 

2:34 p.m.: Not to say this isn't exciting, it very much is. 

2:32 p.m.: Isner holds. Poll: Is this the most remarkable event in the history of sports? Not necessarily most exciting, but most remarkable. 

2:30 p.m.: 46-46 as Mahut holds. I am running out of adjectives to call this match, any suggestions?

2:28: p.m.: Well this match is around 8:18 in length. 

2:26: p.m.: Isner's coach has gone to the bathroom. Wow. 

2:23 p.m: 0-15 on Isner's serve, an opening on the second serve? Well, not too shocking, second serve ace. 

2:21 p.m.: Well, Federer wins. Not looking good though. Mahut up 30-0. 

2:19 p.m.: Isner holds. Bozo two points away from a fifth set against Federer. 

2:17 p.m.: 15-30 on Isner's serve. 

2:16 p.m.: 44-44. 

2:15 p.m.: Federer in a tiebreak in the fourth set. 

2:14 p.m.: Keep in mind that there is no challenge system here. 15-15 on Mahut's serve. Leave comments at the bottom, or e-mail to 

2:12 p.m.: 5:12 minutes so far in this set. 

2:10 p.m.: Djokovic wins over Dent. 40-30 on Isner's serve. Federer needs to hold to stay in the fourth set, as Isner holds, 44-43. 

2:08 p.m.: Mahut holds. Isner up 15-0 on his serve. 

2:06 p.m.: Brendan Evans, fellow American is in jeoprady in his fifth set match. So too is Federer in the fourth set, who is two points away from going to a fifth set. Mahut up 30-0. 

2:04 p.m.: Isner holds for 43-42. 

2:03 p.m.: 700th point of the match. Wow. Isner leads 40-30. 

2:02 p.m.: Isner's second serve has been amazing. 

2:01 p.m.: TIM RUFFIN just made a great point, the winner will have Theimo De Bakker (by the way Mahut held). De Bakker is also a big server. 

1:58 p.m.: John Isner is just two points away! 30-30! Isner leads 42-41, fifth set.

1:56 p.m.: Sadly, Melanie Oudin has just lost. Elsewhere, Federer is struggling, and Novak is about to advance against the hard serving, Taylor Dent. 

1:53 p.m.: Although the score is pretty crazy, it is not like it is totally out of the blue. Many people knew that this would go a while. Two great servers on the grass. After a little problem with the net, a swing and a miss for Isner.  

1:50 p.m.: The only complaint I have, this is day three, watching tennis after this will be somewhat of a bummer, because really, nothing can top this...nothing. Mahut on the verge of holding. 

1:48 p.m.: Isner holds to go up 41-40...He is acting sluggish, when a rally gets going Mahut usually wins, but that Isner serve is still dominating in his service games. 

1:45 p.m: Mahut holds, 40-40! And no, that's not deuce. Again PLEASE COMMENT, either at the bottom, or if you don't have a bleacher account, then e-mail it to 

1:43 p.m.: Isner acting a little desperate, but no matter who wins, these are now your two favorite tennis players. Truly one of the best displays of athleticism that you could ask for. 30-15, Mahut trying to hold. 

1:40 p.m: Isner keeps coming up with the goods when he is in a deuce position. His big serve really helping. He holds 40-39. 

1:38 p.m.: I think that this match will break every record except shortest match. Nervous moment, 30-30 on John's serve. 

1:35 p.m.: These guys have stayed in good shape despite the length of this set! The day will end around 4:30 p.m. EST, sooo... Also keep in mind that the winner of this will take on a man that won 16-14 in the fifth set, Theimo De Bakker. That match was suspended yesterday as well. Mahut holds 39-39. 

1:33 p.m.: Hey guys, I see a lot of people are joining in, please, let's make this a little more interactive. Leave a comment at the bottom, or if you don't have a bleacher account, e-mail it to 30-15, Mahut trying to hold. 

1:31 p.m.: OH MY GODDDDD!!!!!! Isner holds...Gotcha. Nothing to be too shocked about, he has done it 39 times today. He leads 39-38, Mahut to serve. 

1:29 p.m.: Elsewhere around the grounds as if anyone cared, Federer has lost a set to a qualifier. He just won the third set and is up 2-1 in sets. 15-15 at 38-38. 

1:27 p.m.: John Isner has had three break points in this fifth set. He was not able to convert. Match is at 7:13 currently. The previous record was 6:33. Mahut holds for 38-38. 

1:25 p.m.: John Isner holds 38-37. This is a continuation from yesterday's first four sets. Those four sets took about half of the length of this so far. Only two breaks total in the match. Also, to put it in perspective, this fifth set started an hour before the World Cup matches did. 

1:23 p.m.: Nicolas Mahut has already played a long match. In the second match of qualifying, he won 24-22 in the final (third) set. And John Isner has just broken the record for aces in a match with 79!

1:22 p.m.: Interestingly, this fifth set is now the longest match of this tournament thus far. John Isner has doubles scheduled for later...that happenin? 

1:19 p.m.: Well I have been watching this fifth set from the beginning, but about four and a half hours into it, I thought that bleacherreaders might find it interesting too. Currently John Isner "leads" Nicolas Mahut 37-36 in the fifth set. Of course there is no tiebreak. It is officially the longest match in Tennis history. 


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