To put this match into perspective, Rafael Nadal played 201 games to win the entire French Open (seven matches) and this one first round battle at Wimbledon has taken 163 games.
And it’s not even over yet!.
The 5th set alone would have been the longest match in tennis history.
If you combine the epic Rodger Federer/Nadal final of 2008 (72 games with Nadal winning 9-7 in the 5th) and the classic Federer/Andy Roddick final in 2009 (77 games with Federer winning 16-14 in the 5th) you have a total of 151 games and two of the best matches ever at Wimbledon. The Isner/Mahut match is a tie-breaker past that right now.
The average match at Wimbledon last year was between 35-40 games long. This match is four times that. This would be like the Syracuse/UConn Big East Tournament game going to 16 overtimes, a baseball game going to 36 innings, a golf tournament having a 72-hole playoff. Wow!
What have you done in the last ten hours?
Sure three hours of the match was played yesterday, which is a long match in itself, and now today they have played almost seven hours. In the same amount of time you have probably eaten two meals, been to work and napped. These gentlemen have been grinding on the court.
As of now Mahut has 95 aces and Isner has 98 aces. In the fifth set alone there have been 139 total aces. The record of total aces in one set before this was 84. Even the fans looked tired. Tired, but worked up enough energy to give both players a standing ovation for the longest event in tennis history, chanting “We want more!” as the chair umpire was making his decision to suspend the match due to darkness.
I was fortunate enough to play in the same tournaments as Isner in juniors and in college I saw the type of person he was off the court. He’s legit as they come and I, along with all other Americans, will be rooting for him to finish it out tomorrow. Good luck John.