After 11 hours and 5 mins, spread over 3 days, the longest ever tennis match has finally finished!
Jonh Isner finally overcame Nicholas Mahut beating him by this incredible score:
John Isner (USA) bt Nicolas Mahut (Fra) 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 70-68
(Not quite the normal tennis score.. more like a basketball match score!)
[From the BBC Sports website]
American John Isner held his nerve to overcome Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the deciding set of their unforgettable first-round match at Wimbledon.
Isner outlasted Mahut of France to triumph 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 70-68 in an encounter that lasted 11 hours and five minutes over three days.
Play resumed at 59-59 in the fifth set and both players held serve comfortably before Isner struck in game 138.
The 23rd seed plays Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands in round two on Friday.
(This taken from the above website.)
The absorbing tie caught the attention of both the spectators, who crowded around the court, and also the players at the All England Club.
"I love this. I know they're maybe not loving this, but I guess this is unheard of in our game. Normally there are breaks in tennis matches," Roger Federer said after beating Ilija Bozoljac in four sets.
"John is barely moving anymore, but he's still able to produce good serves when he has to. It's so impressive to see. I was watching this. I don't know if I was crying or laughing. It was too much."
He added: "Unfortunately there's going to be a loser. But I think both will come out as winners, that's for sure."
At just before 6pm the match had become the longest ever in Grand Slam history, beating the previous mark of six hours and 33 minutes set by Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement at the French Open in 2004.
The final set also comfortably beats the previous highest mark in the men's singles competition of 46, set by Nicola Pietrangeli and Nikola Pilic in 1962 and equalled by Pancho Gonzales and Charlie Pasarell in 1969.
Thiemo De Bakker lies in wait in the second round for the eventual winner.
Ironically the Dutchman won 16-14 in the final set of his own first-round thriller with Santiago Giraldo, which had also been held over from Tuesday.