Why Isner/Mahut is the Greatest Match Ever
Many months ago I argued how the Federer/Roddick Wimbledon final was better than Nadal/Federer the year before and one of the greatest matches in tennis history.
That was easier considering it was the Wimbledon Final and this match in the 2nd round featured a lower seed and a qualifier. But in the historical scope, it is the impact of the event, not the players.
And the following is a list of reasons why I think whoever wins tomorrow will have walked away the victor of the greatest tennis show for generations to come.
Obviously being the longest match in tennis history has it's luster, but it goes beyond that. The 5th set alone has seen more games and more time spent than the previous records for a whole match.
John Isner broke Goran Ivansevic's record for most aces in a match, this is only maximized at how is opponent, Mahut, also eclipsed the mark and currently sits only four aces behind Isner. Were he to overtake Isner tomorrow, it would mark an extremely rare and possible first in sports history, a record being broken by one player, and then surpassed by another player in the same match/game.
Every so often you see a record broken that many say will probably not be broken. However less often you will see a record broken that will, by probability, never be touched, think John Vander Meer's consecutive no hitters or Chamberlain's 48.5 MPG.
Recently we saw Federer's beyond insane semifinal streak broken. This is similar, not only had no other fifth set come close to 40 games, but the entire fifth set alone served as the longest tennis match ever.
Solidifying this match's eternal greatness.
Like Nadia Komanice at the Montreal Games with the perfect 10, the scoreboard apparently reset after 50 games, with online interactive scorelines fading one by one. This kind of precedent will be set to remind everyone of this match.
Casual tennis players can only imagine what a player would need to last such a time. Those who play tennis competitively even at a low level can only fathom how cramps didn't set it at least in the 32nd game.
All of the top 10 ranked players would agree, even dear Federer who I can only imagine being pushed so long.