The Longest Tennis Matches In History [Chart]
by Staff | March 8th, 2015, 5:52 pm
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This afternoon in Buenos Aires, Leonardo Mayer won the second longest match in tennis history beating Brazil’s Joao Souza 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 5-7, 5-7, 15-13 in an incredible time of 6 hours, 43 minutes.

Mayer won the match on his 11th matchpoint, keeping his home Argentina team alive by forcing a fifth and deciding rubber.

And while the match finished far short of the 3-day John Isner-Nicolas Mahut 11:05 2010 Wimbledon epic, it ranks as the longest Davis Cup singles match ever. History was made.

Here’s the list of the longest singles in tennis history:
11 h 05 Wimbledon 2010, 2nd round: John Isner def. Nicolas Mahut, 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 (3 days)
6 h 43 Davis Cup 2015, 1st round: Leonardo Mayer def. Joao Souza, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13
6 h 33 French Open 2004, 1st round: Fabrice Santoro def. Arnaud Clément, 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 3–6, 16–14 (2 days)
6 h 31 Richmond 1984, 1st round: Vicki Nelson def. Jean Hepner, 6–4, 7–6(11–9) (WTA)
6 h 22 Davis Cup 1982, quarterfinal: John McEnroe def. Mats Wilander, 9–7, 6–2, 15–17, 3–6, 8–6
6 h 21 Davis Cup 1987, relegation: Boris Becker def. John McEnroe, 4–6, 15–13, 8–10, 6–2, 6–2
6 h 04 Davis Cup 1989, quarterfinal: Horst Skoff def. Mats Wilander, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(9–7), 1–6, 6–4, 9–7
5 h 59 Davis Cup 2009, semifinal: Radek Stepanek def. Ivo Karlović, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6), 6–7(2–7), 16–14
5 h 53 Australian Open 2012, final: Serbia Novak Djokovic def.Rafael Nadal, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
5 h 46 Davis Cup 2001, quarterfinal: Arnaud Clément def. Marc Rosset, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(6–8), 15–13
5 h 45 Davis Cup 2005, relagation: Mehdi Tahiri def. Gilles Müller, 6–7(9–11), 6–4, 7–6(7–1), 6–7(2–7), 6–4
5 h 41 French Open 2012, 2nd round: Paul-Henri Mathieu def. John Isner 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 18–16
5 h 31 French Open 1998, 3rd round: Àlex Corretja def. Hernán Gumy 6–1, 5–7, 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 9–7
5 h 31 Wimbledon 2012, 3rd round: Marin Cilic def. Sam Querrey 7–6(8–6), 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7), 17–15

The longest doubles matches in history:
7 h 02 Davis Cup 2013, 1st round: Tomas Berdych/Lukas Rosol def. Stanislas Wawrinka/Marco Chiudinelli, 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 24–22
6 h 20 Davis Cup 2002 semifinal: Lucas Arnold Ker/David Nalbandian def. Yevgeni Kafelnikov/Marat Safin, 6–4, 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 19–17
6 h 07 Wimbledon 2006, quarterfinal: Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor def. Todd Perry/Simon Aspelin, 5-7, 6-3, 6-7(5–7) 6-3, 23-21 (2 days)


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6 Comments for The Longest Tennis Matches In History [Chart]

Here’s Matchpoint From The Longest Davis Cup Singles Match In History, Won By Leonardo Mayer [Video] Says:

[...] previous longest Davis Cup singles match record was held by the 1982 Davis Cup quarterfinal victory by John McEnroe over Mats Wilander in [...]


Big Wendy Says:

Can anyone tell me how a 2 set ladies match lasted over 6 hours??


Daniel Says:

Big Wendy,

Insane!! They probably played all points beyond 50 shots just not missing the ball or not doing anything with it.


RZ Says:

That is crazy! Hadn’t heard of it. Googled it and found this tidbit: “The match featured a 29-minute, 643-shot rally, the longest in professional tennis history.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_tennis_match_records#Women


March Madness Is Here: After Thrilling Davis Cup Weekend, Indian Wells Is About To Begin Says:

[...] win over rival Argentina but Leo Mayer hung on to beat Joao Souza 15-13 in the fifth in what was the longest Davis Cup match in history at 6:43, to send it to a fifth. Federico Delbonis seized the opportunity winning the finale over Thomaz [...]

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