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The Longest Tennis Matches in History

There's no time limit on how long a tennis match can last and this has led to some mammoth games throughout tennis history. We've done some digging to find the longest tennis matches of all time.


11hrs 5mins - John Isner vs Nicolas Mahut

This record is simply absurd. Imagine a tennis match that lasts 11 hours. Isner was eventually victorious 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 70-68 to take his place in the second round of Wimbledon. Yes, that's 70-68! We've heard of close matchups, but this one really did take the biscuit.

7hrs 2mins -Berdych, Rosol vs Wawrinka, Chiudinelli

Defending champions the Czech Republic and Switzerland slogged it out to set a new record for the longest Davis Cup match in history. This game had all the emotion of a classic Davis Cup tie, with Berdych and Rosol taking the victory 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 24-22.

6hr 43mins Mayer vs Souza

Another Davis Cup classic! Leanardo Mayer of Argentina and Jaoa Suza of Brazil put everything on the line in this 2015 matchup. Mayer would eventually come out victorious with a 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 5-7 15-13 win.

6hr 36mins Anderson vs Isner

John Isner just loves a Wimbledon marathon. Unfortunately for the American, he didn't come out on top in this 6-hour thriller. Anderson would claim a spot in the Wimbledon final with a 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 win.

6hrs 33mins - Santoro vs Clement

Fittingly, the record for the longest match at the French Open is held by two Frenchmen. Fabrice Santoro and Arnaut Clement played out an absolute classic in the 2004 first round, which saw Santoro come out on top 6-4 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 16-14. We couldn't find any footage of this one, but some classic footage of magic man Santoro will have to do instead!

6hrs 31mins Vicki Nelson vs Jean Hepner

The only women's match to make the top 10. Incredibly, this was a two-set match which Nelson won 6-4 7-6 (13-11). When you think about it, taking 6 and a half hours over 23 games and one tiebreak is even more impressive than Isner and Mahut who played just over 170 games and 2 tiebreaks in 11 hrs. There's no footage of this one, but we figure every rally must have been like this one between Granollers and Mahut.

6hr 22mins McEnroe vs Wilander

In the days before tiebreaks, McEnroe won a thrilling Davis Cup match against Wilander 9-7 6-2 15-17 3-6 8-6. It's no surprise that the Davis Cup provides many of the longest matches on this list. The passion and drama of the tournament just leads to players never ever giving up, much like Wilander winning the third set 17-15.

6hr 21mins Becker vs McEnroe

John McEnroe always seems to make every tennis list at least twice, and this one is no different. This time, in the 1987 Davis Cup, McEnroe lost to Germany's Boris Becker 4-6 15-13 8-10 6-2 6-2. If only the last two sets were a bit closer this one could have been right near the top of the list.

6hr 20mins Arnold Ker, Nalbandian vs Safin, Kafelnikov

Yet another Davis Cup thriller. This time between Argentina and Russia in the 2002 Davis Cup. Argentina would claim this rubber 6-4 6-4 5-7 3-6 19-17. We couldn't tease you with Marat Safin's name and not show him in action, so here is the legend in action in the singles rubber against Nalbandian.

6hrs 15mins Clerc vs McEnroe

John McEnroe sneaks into the top 10 with his 3rd longest match. This one wasn't a happy one for McEnroe as he lost his first ever Davis Cup rubber in the 1980 final. Jose Luis Clerc took the victory 6-3 6-3 4-6 14-12.