The longest ever matches at The Championships, Wimbledon

October 19, 2018

The All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced that tie-breaks will be played in the final set from next year's championships at Wimbledon. The tie-breaks will be played once the set score reaches 12-12. The current system is that the set continues indefinitely until one player leads the other by two clear games.

Several records have been set as a result of the old rules. Below we have a look at some of the most impressive of these records and discuss how the new rules affect them.

Isner v Mahut, 2010 Men’s Singles First Round

This will now remain as the longest ever Wimbledon match by games. Unless the AELTC revert today’s decision, this will permanently almost certainly be forever referenced in the record books as the longest match in terms of time as well. The new tie-break rules would have cut this match down by an astonishing 114 games and replaced them with a tie-break.



Nadal v Federer, 2008 Men’s Singles Final 

The Longest ever Wimbledon final could technically be beat. Under the new rules, this match would have gone on for another eight games had Federer denied Nadal that crucial break in the penultimate game. They would then play out a tie-break to determine the champion. So whilst unlikely, it’s possible that the final could be even more epic than this one.

Watch the full match here:


Anderson v Isner, 2018 Men’s Singles Semi-Final

The longest ever semi-final and the match that has caused the rethink. With the final set lasting almost three hours, it’s eventual late finish meant that the second men’s semi-final spilled over onto the Saturday – a day reserved for the ladies singles final and just a day before the men’s final. 




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