American John Isner reacts during the fifth set of his
marathon match with Frenchman Nicolas Mahut
The longest match in tennis history was suspended at Wimbledon due to darkness on Wednesday night.
The epic first-round battle between American John Isner and Nicolas Mahut of France was halted at 59-59 in the fifth set. This marked the second consecutive night the match was suspended due to fading light.
So just how long have these two guys been slugging it out? Exactly 10 hours! Incredibly, the fifth set alone ate up 7 hours and 6 minutes. To put that in perspective, the full-match record, dating back to the 2004 French Open (Fabrice Santoro def. Arnaud Clement), stood at 6 hours and 33 minutes.
The match is scheduled to resume on Thursday afternoon at the All England Club.
Don’t forget to check out the August issue of Men’s Fitness (on sale July 12, 2010), where John Isner talks about how he builds up his endurance (for matches like these).