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UNFORTUNATELY Wimbledon had to take a back seat in my mind this summer because of the World Cup. But the 124th Championships have given us some memories that were far better than some of those which we have taken away from South Africa.

BTW: If a number in brackets is next to a player or pair, that was their number seed for the respective competition, i: e Sue Barker (3).

Spain’s Rafael Nadal (2) won his second Men’s Singles title in three years. After not being fit to play last year he considered himself to be the reigning Champion, and he ‘defended’ his title with a: 6-3 7-5 6-4 win over Tomáš Berdych (12) of the Czech Republic in the Final.

Berdych proved that on his day he can beat the best with a: 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4 Quarter-Final victory over six-times (and reigning) Champion Roger Federer (1) of Switzerland. Berdych then went and beat Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (3): 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3 in the Semi-Final. Nadal however just proved to be one big name too many.

Roger Federer never looked as good as he had done in the past years. He faced Match-Point in his opening match against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, but came back to win: 5-7 4-6 6-4 7-6(1) 6-0. Nadal was also taken to five sets in his Second Round and Third Round matches by Robin Haase (Netherlands) and Philipp Petzschner (Germany, (33)) respectively.

It was Nadal himself who put out Scotland’s Andy Murray (4) in the Semi-Finals: 6-4 7-6(6) 6-4. The wait for a British Grand Slam Champion goes on.

This year’s men’s draw was annoyingly the first ever not to have a single Englishman in it. The only Brits in the draw were Murray and wildcard Jamie Baker (both Scottish). Baker lost in the First Round to German Andreas Beck: 7-6(4) 6-3 6-4.

On the Women’s side of the singles draw, American Serena Williams (1) successfully defended her title by defeating Russian Vera Zvonareva (21): 6-3 6-2 in the Final. Zvonareva actually beat the other William’s sister, Venus (2) in the Quarter-Finals: 6-2 6-3.

The unseeded pair of Jürgen Melzer (Austria) and Philipp Petzschner (of Nadal five set fame) won the Men’s Doubles title. They beat Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and Romania’s Horia Tecău (16): 6-1 7-5 7-5 in the Final.

The Women’s Double’s was won by the unseeded pair of American Vania King and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova. They won their Final against the unseeded Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva (who contested the Women’s Singles Final earlier that afternoon): 7-6(6) 6-2.

Vesnina and Zvonareva beat the reigning Champions (the William’s sisters (1)) in the Quarter-Finals: 3-6 6-3 6-4. So it wasn’t all bad news for Zvonareva.

The Mixed Doubles was won by Leander Paes (India) and Cara Black (Zimbabwe) (2). They beat Wesley Moodie (South Africa) and Lisa Raymond (U.S.A.) (11): 6-4 7-6(5) in the Final.

The Boy’s Doubles Final was an all-British affair. Don’t adjust your PC, eyesight or anything; it really was an all-British Final. I’m going to write it again…ALL-BRITISH FINAL!

The Wild Card pair of Liam Broady and Tom Farquharson beat Lewis Burton and George Morgan: 7-6(4) 6-4.

Elsewhere, SW19 got a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 24 June. This was the first time that The Queen has visited Wimbledon in more than 30 years, and whilst HM was there, the mother and father of all Tennis matches was still in progress.

On paper, the First Round match between American John Isner (23) and French qualifier Nicolas Mahut on Court 18 seemed like just another match that had to be played.

The match itself started on Tuesday 22nd June at 6:13 pm. Isner won the first set 6-4 in 32 minutes. Mahut then won the next two: 6-3 and 7-6 (9-7) in 29 and 49 minutes respectively. Isner won the fourth set in 64 minutes 7-6 (7-3). The match was then suspended due to bad light at 9:07 pm.

Set five started at 2:05 pm. By 5:45 pm this match was 6 hours and 34 minutes old and the longest match in history. Play on the second day (sounds like Cricket doesn’t it?) was suspended at 9:10 pm with the score tied at 59-59.

Day three’s play began at 3:43 pm. The match continued for over another hour until Isner broke Mahut’s serve and heart at 4:48 pm. Isner won the fifth set 70-68 in 491 minutes.

First Round

1

2

3

4

5

John Isner (23)

6

3

67

77

70

Nicolas Mahut (Q)

4

6

79

63

68

Records broken in this match:

  • Longest match – 11 hours, 5 minutes (Longer than the theatrical ‘The Lord of the Rings film trilogy).
  • Longest set – Fifth set took 8 hours, 11 minutes (Longer than the previous longest match.)
  • Most games in a set – Fifth set had 138 games.
  • Most games in a match – 183.
  • Most aces in a match – Isner, 113.
  • Total aces in a match – 216 (Isner, 113 and Mahut, 103 (second most in a match)).
  • Most consecutive service games held – 168 (84 each).
  • Most points scored in a match – Mahut, 502.

The scoreboard actually froze at 47-47 because that is all it went up to, not anticipating a match that far advanced. The scoreboard was worked on until 11:45 pm, but still would have run out of numbers had the match gone beyond 25 more games.

I personally think that Court 18 should be renamed ‘The Isner Mahut Court’. If you have any other ideas then please let me know.

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One Comment

  1. I really enjoyed reading your article keep up the good work! I thought that this year’s wimbledon was very exciting and was happy to see Rafael Nadal take home his second title. But you have wonder if his injuries are going to catch up to him. I’m worried for how his career is going to pan out because it could be an unbelievable one. Also, you think you could check out my blog? I really want to know what your opinion is on my thoughts. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/nadals-last-chance/


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