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Longest-ever tennis match ends after 183 games, 11 hrs

sports Updated: Jun 25, 2010 01:46 IST
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The longest tennis match in history finally finished at Wimbledon on Thursday after an epic 11 hours and five minutes, with John Isner beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set.

The two embraced at the net after the marathon match finally ended when American Isner sent a passing shot down the line, dropping his racquet and falling to the ground in delight.

On the court, the All England Club gave both players and the match umpire a special momento to mark the occasion, posing for a photograph by the sco-reboard alongside the umpire.

The two began their match on Tuesday, when they managed to complete the first four sets before bad light stopped play for the first time around.

Play had been called off at 59-59 at 9:10pm on Wednesday after 10 hours — with the fifth set already longer than the previous longest match ever played which lasted six hours 33 minutes at the 2004 French Open.

Wimbledon officials decided to let them resume on the 782-capacity Court 18 instead of the Centre Court.

Tennis fans bagged their seats early to watch a bit of tennis history. Tennis legend John McEnroe was among them.

They were given a huge cheer as they arrived back on the court before their regulation warm-up - not that they were short of match practice.

Isner was scheduled to play in the doubles later on.

“That's kind of a mean joke,” he said. “I’ll go back to the locker room and see what happens.”