3 days. Multiple records broken. All eyes were on Court 18 for a momentous match between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
Listening to it on Radio Wimbledon, we couldn’t believe our ears as game after game went on without a break of serve by either player. The fifth and final set of this match was longer than the longest previously recorded match in history. But the most impressive part had nothing to do with length of time or aces served. What impressed the most was how each player exhibited such incredible sportsmanship. They both wanted to win, that is undeniable, but they also showed incredible respect for each other throughout. And with that simple fact they gained the admiration of millions of tennis fans around the world. As John Isner said as he left the court when play was suspended at the end of Day 2, “Nothing like this will ever happen again. Ever.”
4:57 p.m. on Day 2 – Most games in a set (previous record – 48 to new record – 138)
5:44 p.m. on Day 2 – Longest match (6hr 33 min to 11hr 5 min)
5:59 p.m. on Day 2 – Most games in a match (112 to 183)
6:24 p.m. on Day 2 – Most aces by a player (78 to 112)
9:06 p.m. on Day 2 – Most aces in a match (192 to 215)