Marathon tennis match still going after 7 hours, 6 minites

08:58, June 24, 2010      

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Combined photo of France's Nicolas Mahut (L) and American John Isner (R). Their record-breaking match between France's Nicolas Mahut and American John Isner has gone on for 10 hours in two days and still isn't finished. (Xinhua/Reuters file photo)

The record-breaking match between France's Nicolas Mahut and American John Isner has gone on for 10 hours in two days and still isn't finished, according to media reports Thursday morning.

Play was suspended with the players tied at 59-59 in the fifth set because of darkness.

Isner and Mahut's still unfinished fifth set alone stands at 7 hours, 6 minutes. The match time shattered the previous record of 6 hours, 33 minutes -- set at the 2004 French Open between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement.

Nothing like it has happened before.

"And nothing like this ever will happen again," said John Isner.

Isner had one match point at 10-9, two at 33-32 and one at 59-58.

"We fought like never before," said Mahut. "It was amazing. The fans stayed the whole way. They wanted to see it finish."

The fans gave the players a standing ovation at 50-all — and when the players walked off for the night.



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