The 6 longest tennis matches in history

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#6 Boris Becker Vs John McEnroe, 1987 (6 hrs and 21 mins)

This match was played in the Davis Cup relegation playoff tie between USA and Germany. The tie ended 3-2 in Germany’s favour with Becker winning both his five setters.

The final score was 4–6, 15–13, 8–10, 6–2, 6–2 in Becker’s favour. Notice, there were no tie breaks back then!

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#5 John McEnroe vs Mats Wilander, 1982 (6 hrs and 22 mins)

This was another gruelling affair involving John McEnroe, this time with him coming out on top. The Davis Cup quarterfinal tie between USA and Sweden was locked at 2-2 with the winner of the match progressing to the semis. The match ended 9–7, 6–2, 15–17, 3–6, 8–6 in McEnroe’s favour and is still remembered as an epic clash between two legends of the game.

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#4 Fabrice Santoro vs Arnaud Clement, 2004 (6 hrs and 33 mins)

The first round French Open clash between the two Frenchman is still the longest match ever played at Roland Garros till date. Santoro “The Magician” took the match 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 3–6, 16–14. 

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#3 Kevin Anderson vs John Isner, 2018 (6 hrs and 36 mins)

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This one is still fresh in the memory of many tennis lovers, I’m sure. The longest grand slam semifinal clash till date, the Anderson-Isner clash at Wimbledon saw a total of 102 aces being served between the pair. The match ended 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 6–7(9–11), 6–4, 26–24 with Anderson emerging victorious.  

#2 Leonardo Mayer vs Joao Souza, 2015 (6 hrs and 43 mins)

The second longest match ever played took place when fierce rivals Argentina and Brazil fought it out in The Davis Cup. Mayer and Argentina finally took the match 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13 with Mayer closing it out on his 9th match point.

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#1 John Isner vs Nicholas Mahut, 2010 (11 hrs and 5 mins)

At #1 spot comes the legendary 2010 clash between the American (Isner) and Frenchman (Mahut). The match was played over three days, from the 22nd to 24th of June, and ended with Isner winning 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68. The fifth set alone took up 8 hours and 11 minutes of playtime and would beat all matches on this list hollow.

Interestingly, during the fifth set with scores tied at 47-47 the scoreboard on court 18 of The All England Tennis Club broke as it was not programmed to go beyond that point (and understandably so)!

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