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World Cup overshadows Wimbledon despite record setting match

June 28, 2010

As the world’s eyes remain fixed on the biggest tournament in football, sports fans have been missing out on history taking place over at Wimbledon.

Every four years, the most prestigious match in tennis is usually overshadowed by football’s World Cup. This year, however, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships made headlines when American John Isner and France’s Nicolas Mahut battled it out in the longest recorded tennis match ever.

Lasting 11 hours, five minutes and taking almost three days to finish, the match began on Tuesday and came crashing to an end Thursday with John Isner taking home the epic win. It set records across the board for longest match in Open Era tennis every played in history in terms of games played, games played in a set, and match times. The ending score, which favoured Isner, ended at 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68.

Mr Isner said after the match that it was unfortunate after such a battle that someone had to lose, but he said that sharing the day with Mahut was an honour. Prior to the history-making game, neither men were big names in the sport. Although both players have since been eliminated from the finals, both will retain the record for longest game played.

This year’s Wimbledon has not been short on excitement. Even Queen Elizabeth, herself, showed up, for the first time in over 30 years, to watch Britain’s number one take the win from Finn Jarkko Nieminen at 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Returning champions number one and two, Spaniard Rafael Nadal and American Roger Federer have continued to dominate the tournament. In the top seed for the women are returning sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, who are both holding out in top form at the head of their groups.

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