so far it is over 8 hours and 44-44 in the 5th set. Over 150 aces let alone all the other records that have been set. Isner vs. Mahut. It is like a baseball game going into the 70th inning or 25 overtimes in football. I am sure others can come up with better comparisons but this in redonculous.
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I have no idea why but both ESPN 1 *and* 2 are showing the World Cup! I mean, I like watching Work Cup, but WTF? (Think they left the Isner match at about 40 all.) And I can't get espn3.com, because my service provider (Time Warner Cable) isn't on the supported provider list! Argh!!
I guess Tennis Channel will have a recap, maybe show the last 30 games, ;-), tonight. For now just checking scores on the Tennis Warehouse board.
It is truly amazing. In circumstances like this one player usually gets tight. They're just going for it, guttting it out!
Epic indeed!! ;-)
That's the thing ... and originally, their next match was supposed to be tomorrow, and now they won't even finish this until tomorrow. Sometimes they make players double up, but I can't imagine they'd make them do that tomorrow. Messes up the schedule, but this is unprecedented. (Thank goodness, lol)
I bet they are sick of looking at each other. ;-)
Roddick and Younes El Aynaoui went to 21-19 in an Australian Open match several years ago. That was a fantastic match, and exhausting just to watch. This Isner-Mahut deal is so far beyond that it really is just ridiculous!
If you had a 5 set match with 5 7-6 tiebreak sets that's 65 games. They just suspended play due to darkness with the score tied 59-59 in the fifth set! 118 games in the fifth set alone!!
Wayyyy beyond belief!
And who advances to the next round?
The closest thing I can think of as a comparison is running a marathon and being tied after the 26th mile and running another 40 miles and you are still tied....
I might take this back, since they played a relatively short time today. If he'd had to play another best-of-5 today, that would be trouble. But they played a "mere" 20 games today. Lots of rest time. ha ha ha
Also, I didn't realize they were just on their first round, some players had already finished two rounds. Yeesh.
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And not a single ace in his second round!
As historic as it was, the bottom line is that both of them had great serves and lack of ability to break serve. Neither had a great return game. So it was just hold serve, hold serve, hold serve - ad nauseum.