Tennis has just emerged from the longest ever Men’s singles Semi Final match at Wimbledon. It was an extremely long and exhilarating day for tennis fans who had all converged to eat strawberries and cream and watch:
- John Isner vs Kevin Anderson
- and of course the epic pairing of Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic
John Isner played the longest match in Wimbledon history in 2010 when he beat Nicolas Mahut finally in a match that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes!
Yesterday, at the Men’s Semi-Finals at Wimbledon, Anderson and Isner, both strong servers, slugged it out for an epic 6 hours and 36 minutes in a match that was very evenly matched. It finally ended at 2 sets each, and Anderson beating Isner at 26 games to 24 in the 5th set. He is now the first South African to make it to Wimbledon Finals in 97 years!
How could they play for so long? Well the rules are that before the 5th set, the winner of the set is decided by a tie-breaker. There is no tie breaker in the 5th set. It goes on until one person beats the other by a difference of 2 games.
Anderson finally won, and the crowd heaved a huge sign of relief – respect for the gladiators who just would not give up, and relief because they could finally get set to watch the Nadal-Djokovic showdown!
This was a match to watch! The energy was electrifying, the tennis was simply superb. Strategy and skill came out to the forefront with drop shots, stunning corner shots and rallies that re-energised crowd of spectators who oohed and aaahed at every point. And when they shut down Wimbledon at 11 pm, there was no winner. Djokovic was up 2 sets to 1. They finish the match at 1 pm British Time this afternoon.
Written by: Sunaina Murthy