70-68 may look like the final score of a basketball game but believe it or not that score comes from the fifth and final set of a first round tennis match at Wimbledon. The match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut lasted an unbelievable eleven hours and five minutes, shattering the previous record of six hours and thirty-three minutes. After three days (two delays due to darkness) John Isner was finally able to break the serve of Mahut and come out with a victory 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that tested the patience of everyone involved. I personally found a segment on ESPN’s SportCenter funny when they showed that even the cameramen filming the match had left their positions for a more entertaining endeavor, watching the England World Cup Match at the nearest television. ESPN also put the length of the match in perspective by explaining alternative activities that could have been accomplished during the match, which including watching the entire Rocky series.
After all was said and done, an amazing five records had been broken during the match:
Longest match 11:05
Most games in a set 138
Most games in a match 183
Most combined aces 215
Most individual aces Isner-112
The match was allowed to go on for such a long period of time due to the fact that Wimbledon is one of the few tournaments not to have a tie-breaker in the final set. If this match would have gone on for any longer, which at one point it looked like it may never end, they may have been forced to change that rule. Mahut was quoted as saying “We played the greatest match ever, in the greatest place to play tennis, you know. Wimbledon is the greatest tournament, and we just played the greatest match ever." Many may argue with Mahut’s declaration of the match being “the greatest ever” but one thing is certain, it is a match that has cemented its place in the record books.