Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Final Tally
John Isner finally overcame Nicolas Mahut, beating him 70-68 in the fifth set in their opening round match at Wimbledon. The match was unique in history, obliterating both Wimbledon and overall tennis records. Here are the final stats:
Length of match (time): 11 hours, 5 minutes. The previous record was 6 hours 33 minutes. The previous Wimbledon record was 5 hours 28 minutes.
Length of match (games): 183. Not sure what the old record was.
Length of set (time): 8 hours, 11 minutes. The previous record was a lot shorter.
Length of set (games): 138. Old record was 48. I think it's safe to say that was smashed.
Number of combined aces: 215. Old record was, I think, 84.
Number of aces for one person: Isner- 112, Mahut- 103. Old record was 74 for Ivo Karlovic.
And some other stats, which may or may not be records (I really don't know):
Winners: Isner- 246, Mahut- 244
Points won: Mahut- 502, Isner- 478
Break points: Mahut- 1/3, Isner- 2/14
And Mahut held serve 86 consecutive games, while Isner held serve for 87 consecutive games. Mahut had break points in just 2 different games, once in the second set and a double-break point in the fifth set. Isner finally converted on his fifth match (and break) point of the fifth set, sending a backhand down the line past Mahut, who was at the net.