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This article details longest tennis match records by duration or number of games. The 1970–1973 introduction of the tiebreak reduced the opportunity for such records to be broken. However, among the Grand Slams, the US Open, Australian Open (since 2019) and Wimbledon (since 2019) use the tiebreak in the final set, while the French Open remains the only Grand Slam to use the advantage set rules in the final set, which allows for an indefinite number of games until one player is ahead by two.

John Isner (left) defeated Nicolas Mahut (right) 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 in a record 11 hours and 5 minutes
A plaque commemorating the Isner–Mahut match on Court 18 at Wimbledon.

OverallEdit

Only two professional competitive matches have lasted longer than seven hours and 13 matches have lasted longer than six hours.[1]

# Duration
(hh:mm)
Winner Loser Event Round Score
1 11:05
(3 days)
  John Isner   Nicolas Mahut 2010 Wimbledon 1R 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68
2 07:02   Czech Republic
(Tomáš Berdych
Lukáš Rosol)
  Switzerland
(Stanislas Wawrinka
Marco Chiudinelli)
2013 Davis Cup 1R 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 24–22
3 06:43   Argentina
(Leonardo Mayer)
  Brazil
(João Souza)
2015 Davis Cup 1R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13
4 06:36   Kevin Anderson   John Isner 2018 Wimbledon SF 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 6–7(9–11), 6–4, 26–24[2]
5 06:33
(2 days)
  Fabrice Santoro   Arnaud Clément 2004 French Open 1R 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 3–6, 16–14
6 06:31   Vicki Nelson   Jean Hepner 1984 Central Fidelity Banks International 1R 6–4, 7–6(13–11)[3]
7 06:22   United States
(John McEnroe)
  Sweden
(Mats Wilander)
1982 Davis Cup QF 9–7, 6–2, 15–17, 3–6, 8–6
(before tiebreak era)
8 06:21   Germany
(Boris Becker)
  United States
(John McEnroe)
1987 Davis Cup PO 4–6, 15–13, 8–10, 6–2, 6–2
(before tiebreak era)
9 06:20   Argentina
(Lucas Arnold Ker
David Nalbandian)
  Russia
(Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Marat Safin)
2002 Davis Cup SF 6–4, 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 19–17
10 06:15   Argentina
(José Luis Clerc)
  United States
(John McEnroe)
1980 Davis Cup F 6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 14–12
(before tiebreak era)
11 06:09
(2 days)
  Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
  Simon Aspelin
  Todd Perry
2006 Wimbledon QF 5–7, 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 23–21
12 06:04   Austria
(Horst Skoff)
  Sweden
(Mats Wilander)
1989 Davis Cup QF 6–7(5–7), 7–6(9–7), 1–6, 6–4, 9–7
13 06:01   Canada
(Harry Fritz)
  Venezuela
(Jorge Andrew)
1982 Davis Cup SF 16–14, 11–9, 9–11, 4–6, 11–9
(before tiebreak era)

Men's singlesEdit

  •    = winner of the match also won the tournament.

The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships holds the record for the longest tennis match both in time and games played.

# Duration
(hh:mm)
Winner Loser Event Round Score
1 11:05
(3 days)
  John Isner   Nicolas Mahut 2010 Wimbledon 1R 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68
2 06:43   Argentina
(Leonardo Mayer)
  Brazil
(João Souza)
2015 Davis Cup 1R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13
3 06:36   Kevin Anderson   John Isner 2018 Wimbledon SF 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 6–7(9–11), 6–4, 26–24[4]
4 06:33
(2 days)
  Fabrice Santoro   Arnaud Clément 2004 French Open 1R 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 3–6, 16–14
5 06:22   United States
(John McEnroe)
  Sweden
(Mats Wilander)
1982 Davis Cup QF 9–7, 6–2, 15–17, 3–6, 8–6
(before tiebreak era)
6 06:21   Germany
(Boris Becker)
  United States
(John McEnroe)
1987 Davis Cup PO 4–6, 15–13, 8–10, 6–2, 6–2
(before tiebreak era)
7 06:15   Argentina
(José Luis Clerc)
  United States
(John McEnroe)
1980 Davis Cup F 6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 14–12
(before tiebreak era)
8 06:04   Austria
(Horst Skoff)
  Sweden
(Mats Wilander)
1989 Davis Cup QF 6–7(5–7), 7–6(9–7), 1–6, 6–4, 9–7
9 06:01   Canada
(Harry Fritz)
  Venezuela
(Jorge Andrew)
1982 Davis Cup SF 16–14, 11–9, 9–11, 4–6, 11–9
(before tiebreak era)
10 05:59   Czech Republic
(Radek Štěpánek)
  Croatia
(Ivo Karlović)
2009 Davis Cup SF 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6), 6–7(2–7), 16–14
11 05:53   Novak Djokovic   Rafael Nadal 2012 Australian Open F 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
(Longest Major Final)
12 05:46   France
(Arnaud Clément)
  Switzerland
(Marc Rosset)
2001 Davis Cup QF 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(6–8), 15–13
13 05:45   Morocco
(Mehdi Tahiri)
  Luxembourg
(Gilles Müller)
2005 Davis Cup Z# 6–7(9–11), 6–4, 7–6(7–1), 6–7(2–7), 6–4
14 05:41   Paul-Henri Mathieu   John Isner 2012 French Open 2R 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 18–16
15 05:31   Àlex Corretja   Hernán Gumy 1998 French Open 3R 6–1, 5–7, 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 9–7
15 05:31   Marin Čilić   Sam Querrey 2012 Wimbledon 3R 7–6(8–6), 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7), 17–15
17 05:29   West Germany
(Michael Westphal)
  Czechoslovakia
(Tomáš Šmíd)
1985 Davis Cup SF 6–8, 1–6, 7–5, 11–9, 17–15
18 05:28   Greg Holmes   Todd Witsken 1989 Wimbledon 2R 5–7, 6–4, 6–4(7–5), 4–6, 14–12
19 05:26   Stefan Edberg   Michael Chang 1992 US Open SF 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–4
20 05:25   Austria
(Thomas Muster)
  Germany
(Michael Stich)
1994 Davis Cup 1R 6–4, 6–7(8–10), 4–6, 6–3, 12–10
20 05:25   Japan
(Tatsuma Ito)
  Philippines
(Cecil Mamiit)
2011 Davis Cup Z# 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 9–7
22 05:23   Uruguay
(Pablo Cuevas)
  Colombia
(Santiago Giraldo)
2008 Davis Cup Z# 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
23 05:22   Ivo Karlović   Horacio Zeballos 2017 Australian Open 1R 6–7(6–8), 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 22–20
24 05:20   Ecuador
(Nicolás Lapentti)
  Paraguay
(Ramón Delgado)
2008 Davis Cup 3R 3–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4), 6–4
25 05:16
(2 days)
  Novak Djokovic   Rafael Nadal 2018 Wimbledon SF 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(11–9), 3–6, 10–8[5]
26 05:15   Brazil
(Jaime Oncins)
  Germany
(Markus Zoecke)
1992 Davis Cup 1R 1–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–5
27 05:14   Rafael Nadal   Guillermo Coria 2005 Italian Open F 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
27 05:14   Rafael Nadal   Fernando Verdasco 2009 Australian Open SF 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–2), 6–7(1–7), 6–4
27 05:14   Chile
(Nicolás Massú)
  Austria
(Stefan Koubek)
2009 Davis Cup PO 6–4, 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
30 05:12   Pancho Gonzales   Charlie Pasarell 1969 Wimbledon 1R 22–24, 1–6, 16–14, 6–3, 11–9[6]
(before tiebreak era)
30 05:12   Rainer Schüttler   Arnaud Clément 2008 Wimbledon QF 6–3, 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 6–7(7–9), 8–6
32 05:11   Boris Becker   Omar Camporese 1991 Australian Open 3R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 0–6, 4–6, 14–12
33 05:10   Richard Krajicek   Todd Martin 1993 US Open 3R 6–7(4–7), 4–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–4, 6–4
34 05:09   Sargis Sargsian   Nicolás Massú 2004 US Open 2R 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–4
34 05:09   Croatia
(Marin Čilić)
  Argentina
(David Nalbandian)
2012 Davis Cup QF 5–7, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–3
34 05:09   Stan Wawrinka   Stefanos Tsitsipas 2019 French Open 4R 7-6(8-6), 5-7, 6–4, 3–6, 8–6
37 05:07   Paraguay
(Victor Pecci)
  France
(Yannick Noah)
1985 Davis Cup 1R 6–8, 15–13, 2–6, 8–6, 10–8
(before tiebreak era)
37 05:07   Israel
(Dudi Sela)
  Chile
(Nicolás Massú)
2007 Davis Cup PO 6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–4
37 05:07   Serbia
(Janko Tipsarević)
  Czech Republic
(Radek Štěpánek)
2012 Davis Cup QF 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 4–6, 9–7
37 05:07   Argentina
(Juan Martín del Potro)
  Great Britain
(Andy Murray)
2016 Davis Cup SF 6–4, 5–7, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4
41 05:05   Boris Becker   Jim Courier 1992 Donnay Indoor Championships F 6–7(5–7), 2–6, 7–6(12–10), 7–6(7–5), 7–5
41 05:05   Rafael Nadal   Roger Federer 2006 Italian Open F 6–7(0–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
41 05:05   Kei Nishikori   Pablo Carreno Busta 2019 Australian Open 4R 6–7(8–10), 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4, 7–6(10–8)
44 05:03   Switzerland
(Marc Rosset)
  Spain
(Jordi Arrese)
1992 Summer Olympics G 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 8–6
44 05:03   Sweden
(Markus Eriksson)
  Denmark
(Andreas Bjerrehus)
2015 Davis Cup PO 6–7(5–7), 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–3), 9–7
46 05:02   Novak Djokovic   Stan Wawrinka 2013 Australian Open 4R 1–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–7 (5–7), 12–10
47 05:01   Ivan Lendl   Boris Becker 1992 US Open 4R 6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–4

Women's singlesEdit

The longest women's match (by time) took place at a tournament in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984, when Vicki Nelson took 6 hours, 31 minutes to defeat Jean Hepner 6–4, 7–6(13–11). The match featured a 29-minute, 643-shot rally, the longest in professional tennis history.[3]

# Duration
(hh:mm)
Winner Loser Event Round Score
1 06:31   Vicki Nelson   Jean Hepner 1984 Central Fidelity Banks International 1R 6–4, 7–6(13–11)[3]
2 05:03   Maria Elena Camerin   Monica Niculescu 2009 Greece ITF $100,000+H Women's Pro Circuit QF 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–5)
3 04:44   Francesca Schiavone   Svetlana Kuznetsova 2011 Australian Open 4R 6–4, 1–6, 16–14[7]
4 04:42   Kurumi Nara   Monica Niculescu 2010 French Open - Qualifying Q# 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 10–8
5 04:41   Andreea Mitu   Maša Zec Peškirič 2012 Bulgaria ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 2R 7–6(9–7), 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–4)
6 04:30   Amina Anshba   Anastasiya Komardina 2019 Russia ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 2R 7–6(14–12), 3–6, 7–5
7 04:24   Maddison Inglis   Karman Thandi 2018 Thailand ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 2R 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4)
8 04:19   Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová   Regina Kulikova 2010 Australian Open 1R 7–6(7–5), 6–7(10–12), 6–3
9 04:18[Note 2]   Arantxa Rus   Polina Leykina 2019 Italy ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 7–6(7–5), 6–7(7–9), 7–6(9–7)
10 04:07   Virginie Buisson   Noëlle van Lottum 1995 French Open 1R 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–2
10 04:07[Note 1]   Tamara Korpatsch   Martina Trevisan 2019 Italy ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit SF 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(8–6)
12 04:06   Chihiro Muramatsu   Harriet Dart 2017 Thailand ITF $15,000 Women's Pro Circuit SF 7-6(7-2), 5-7, 7-5
13 04:05   Lauren Davis   Han Xinyun 2015 Wuhan Open - Qualifying 1R 5–7, 7–6(7–2), 7–5
14 04:04   Astra Sharma   Samantha Harris 2017 Austria ITF $15,000 Women’s Pro Circuit QF 7–6(9–7), 6-7(5–7), 7–6(7–5)
15 04:02   Vania King   Dominika Cibulková 2007 PTT Bangkok Open 2R 6–7(8–10), 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4)
15 04:02   Lisa Matviyenko   Chanelle Van Nguyen 2018 Sweden ITF $15,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 7–6(11–9), 6–7(4–7), 6–3
17 04:01   Barbara Haas   Rasheeda McAdoo 2018 USA ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 1R 6–7(3–7), 5–7, 7–6(7–4)
18 04:00   Netherlands
(Richèl Hogenkamp)
  Russia
(Svetlana Kuznetsova)
2016 Fed Cup 1R 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 10–8
18 04:00   Giulia Gatto-Monticone   Irina Bara 2017 Italy ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit F 3–6, 7–5, 6–4
20 03:55   Kerry Reid   Pam Teeguarden 1972 French Open 3R 9–7, 4–6, 16–14
(before tiebreak era)
21 03:51   Chloe Paquet   Gabriela Cé 2019 Brazil ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 2R 5–7, 7–5(7-5), 7–5
21 03:51   Alexandra Cadanțu   Nicoleta Dascălu 2019 BRD Bucharest Open - Qualifying Q# 6–7(3–7), 7–6(10–8), 7–6(7–4)
23 03:50   Francesca Schiavone   Svetlana Kuznetsova 2015 French Open 2R 6–7(11–13), 7–5, 10–8
23 03:50   Tereza Mrdeža   Karman Thandi 2018 Australia ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 2R 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
25 03:49   Puerto Rico
(Vilmarie Castellvi)
  Canada
(Aleksandra Wozniak)
2005 Fed Cup PO 7–5, 4–6, 11–9
26 03:48   Czech Republic
(Karolína Plíšková)
  France
(Kristina Mladenovic)
2016 Fed Cup F 6–3, 4–6, 16–14
27 03:47   Monica Seles   Gabriela Sabatini 1990 WTA Tour Championships F 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
28 03:46   Chuang Chia-jung   Nathalie Viérin 2005 Australian Open - Qualifying 1R 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 11–9
29 03:45   Michelle Jaggard   Penny Barg 1987 Wimbledon - Qualifying Q# 6–7(3–7), 7–6(9–7), 10–8
29 03:45   Chanda Rubin   Patricia Hy-Boulais 1995 Wimbledon 2R 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 17–15[8]
29 03:45   Simona Halep   Lauren Davis 2018 Australian Open 3R 4–6 , 6–4, 15–13
32 03:44   Czech Republic
(Kateřina Siniaková)
  USA
(Sofia Kenin)
2018 Fed Cup F 7–5, 5–7, 7–5
33 03:42   Bethanie Mattek-Sands   Anastasia Rodionova 2013 Family Circle Cup 1R 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3)
33 03:42   Risa Ozaki   Freya Christie 2016 Wimbledon - Qualifying 1R 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4), 7–5
35 03:41   Julia Görges   Katarina Srebotnik 2008 Wimbledon 1R 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 16–14
35 03:41   Monica Niculescu   Karin Knapp 2011 Luxembourg Open 1R 6–7(2–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
35 03:41   Aliaksandra Sasnovich   Monica Niculescu 2015 Western & Southern Open - Qualifying Q# 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 7–6(11–9)
38 03:40   Miriam Bulgaru   Raluca Șerban 2019 BRD Bucharest Open - Qualifying Q# 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
38 03:40   Ana Sofía Sánchez   Başak Eraydın 2019 Romania ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 2R 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(8–6)
40 03:39   Argentina
(María Irigoyen)
  Japan
(Kurumi Nara)
2014 Fed Cup N/A 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–4
40 03:39   Nudnida Luangnam   Chompoothip Jundakate 2018 Thailand ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit - Qualifying Q# 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–4)
42 03:38   Sandrine Testud   Conchita Martínez 2002 Bausch & Lomb Championships 3R 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
42 03:38   Irina-Camelia Begu   CoCo Vandeweghe 2016 French Open 2R 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 10–8
44 03:36   Mary Joe Fernández   Gabriela Sabatini 1993 French Open QF 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 10–8
44 03:36   Svetlana Kuznetsova   Jelena Janković 2017 Australian Open 3R 6–4, 5–7, 9–7
44 03:36   Jacqueline Cabaj Awad   Ku Yeon-woo 2019 Korea ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 1R 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–2)
44 03:36[Note 2]   Anastasiya Komardina   Tatiana Pieri 2019 Italy ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(7–4)
48 03:35   Belgium
(Els Callens)
  Spain
(Virginia Ruano Pascual)
2004 Fed Cup QF 2–6, 6–4, 11–9
48 03:35   Nadia Petrova   Katarina Srebotnik 2008 German Open 1R 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
48 03:35   Mallaurie Noel   Laura Pigossi 2017 France ITF $80,000 Women's Pro Circuit - Qualifying 2R 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 7-6(7-1)
48 03:35   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova   Dominika Cibulková 2018 Internationaux de Strasbourg F 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3), 7–6(8–6)
52 03:34   Galina Voskoboeva   Ágnes Szávay 2009 Australian Open 1R 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
52 03:34   Peng Shuai   Petra Kvitová 2017 Wuhan Open 1R 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3)
54 03:33   Chanda Rubin   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1996 Australian Open QF 6–4, 2–6, 16–14
54 03:33   Corinna Dentoni   Alberta Brianti 2008 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo 1R 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
54 03:33   Shelby Rogers   Daria Gavrilova 2017 US Open 2R 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
57 03:32   Serbia
(Jelena Janković)
  Slovakia
(Dominika Cibulková)
2007 Fed Cup PO 7–5, 1–6, 9–7
57 03:32   Kristina Mladenovic   Heather Watson 2017 Mexican Open 2R 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 7–5
57 03:32   Paige Hourigan   Kelly Chen 2018 USA ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 7-5, 6-7(3-7), 7-5
57 03:32   Anastasia Grymalska   Vivien Juhászová 2017 Hungary ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), 6-2
61 03:31   Stephanie Rehe   Mercedes Paz 1992 Mazda Tennis Classic 1R 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–4
61 03:31   Sara Errani   Tsvetana Pironkova 2009 Brisbane International 2R 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–3
61 03:31[Note 1]   Tamara Korpatsch   Elitsa Kostova 2019 Italy ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 6–7(5–7), 7–5, 6–2
64 03:30   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Shahar Pe'er 2006 Canberra International SF 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 6–4
64 03:30   Singapore
(Stefanie Tan)
  Philippines
(Anna Christine Patrimonio)
2011 Fed Cup PO 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
64 03:30   Magdalena Fręch   Julia Grabher 2017 Germany ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit SF 6-7(11-13), 7-6(7-3), 6-3

Note 1: Korpatsch played both the quarter-final and semi-final on 31 August at Bagnatica. She won the final the following day.

Note 2: these matches took place on the same day (13 September) at Santa Margherita di Pula.

DoublesEdit

Longest doubles matches by time
# Duration
(hh:mm)
Winner Loser Event Round Score
1 07:02   Czech Republic
(Tomáš Berdych
Lukáš Rosol)
  Switzerland
(Stanislas Wawrinka
Marco Chiudinelli)
2013 Davis Cup 1R 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 24–22
2 06:20   Argentina
(Lucas Arnold Ker
David Nalbandian)
  Russia
(Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Marat Safin)
2002 Davis Cup SF 6–4, 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 19–17
Longest doubles matches by number of games
# # of Games Winner Loser Event Round Score
Before tiebreak era
1 122   United States
(Stan Smith
Erik van Dillen)
  Chile
(Patricio Cornejo
Jaime Fillol)
1973 Davis Cup Z# 7–9, 37–39, 8–6, 6–1, 6–3[9]
After tiebreak era
1 102   Marcelo Melo
  André Sá
  Paul Hanley
  Kevin Ullyett
2007 Wimbledon 2R 5–7, 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 28–26[10]

Australian OpenEdit

Men's singlesEdit

Longest match by time played
2012 final, 5 hours and 53 minutes
  Novak Djokovic 5 6 6 65 7
  Rafael Nadal 7 4 2 77 5
Also the longest grand slam singles final in the Open Era.
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1970 quarterfinal, 93 games
  Dennis Ralston 19 20 4 6
  John Newcombe 17 18 6 3
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[11]
1927, 71 games
  Gerald Patterson 3 6 3 18 6
  John Hawkes 6 4 6 16 3
This was the longest Grand Slam final in games played until the Federer v Roddick final at Wimbledon in 2009.[12]
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
2017 first round, 84 games
  Ivo Karlovic 66 3 7 6 22
  Horacio Zeballos 78 6 5 2 20

Men's doublesEdit

# Duration
(hh:mm)
Winner Loser Event Round Score
1 07:02   Czech Republic
(Tomáš Berdych
Lukáš Rosol)
  Switzerland
(Stanislas Wawrinka
Marco Chiudinelli)
2013 Davis Cup 1R 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 24–22

Women's singlesEdit

 
Francesca Schiavone won the longest ever match at a women's Grand Slam event in 4 hours 44 minutes.
Longest match by time played
2011 fourth round, 4 hours and 44 minutes
  Francesca Schiavone 6 1 16
  Svetlana Kuznetsova 4 6 14
Also the longest women's match in a Grand Slam in the Open Era,[7] and the second-longest women's match in the Open Era.[13]
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1996 quarterfinals, 48 games
  Chanda Rubin 6 2 16
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4 6 14
2018 third round, 48 games
  Simona Halep 4 6 15
  Lauren Davis 6 4 13
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[14]
1956, 33 games
  Mary Carter Reitano 3 6 9
  Thelma Coyne Long 6 2 7

Women's doublesEdit

Mixed doublesEdit

French OpenEdit

 
Arnaud Clément (pictured) lost the longest ever match at the French Open to Fabrice Santoro in 6 hours 33 minutes. He expressed his disappointment at losing the match which until 2010 held the record for the longest ever match stating: "Frankly, I don't give a damn...What world record? Do I get a medal? If I'm not getting anything, frankly, I'm not interested. It doesn't count."[15]

Men's singlesEdit

Longest match by time played[16]
2004 first round, 6 hours, 33 minutes
  Fabrice Santoro 6 6 65 3 16
  Arnaud Clement 4 3 77 6 14
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[16]
1957 first round, 83 games
  Bob Mark 13 6 6 8 10
  Antal Jancso 15 3 8 6 8
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
2012 second round, 76 games
  Paul-Henri Mathieu 62 6 6 3 18
  John Isner 77 4 4 6 16
Longest singles final match by time played[16]
1982, 4 hours and 42 minutes
  Mats Wilander 1 78 6 6
  Guillermo Vilas 6 66 0 4
Longest singles final by games, before introduction of the tiebreaker[16]
1927, 61 games
  René Lacoste 6 4 5 6 11
  Bill Tilden 4 6 7 3 9

Men's doublesEdit

Longest men's doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[17]
1934, 63 games
  Jean Borotra
  Jacques Brugnon
11 6 2 4 9
  Jack Crawford
  Vivian McGrath
9 3 6 6 7
1971, 63 games
  Arthur Ashe
  Marty Riessen
6 4 6 6 11
  Tom Gorman
  Stan Smith
8 6 3 4 9

Women's singlesEdit

Longest match by time played[18]
1995, 4 hours 7 minutes
  Virginie Buisson 63 7 6
  Noëlle van Lottum 77 5 2
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1972 third-round match, 56 games
  Kerry Melville Reid 9 4 16
  Pam Teeguarden 7 6 14
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1991 second round, 46 games
  Linda Harvey-Wild 79 67 11
  Laura Gildemeister 67 79 9
Longest singles final match by number of games
1996, 40 games
  Steffi Graf 6 64 10
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3 77 8

Women's doublesEdit

Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[19]
1955, 50 games
  Beverly Baker Fleitz
  Darlene Hard
7 6 13
  Shirley Brasher Bloomer
  Patricia Ward Hales
5 8 11
This is also the longest women's doubles match in terms of games that has occurred at The French Open.[19]

Mixed doublesEdit

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[20]
1956, 38 games
  Nicola Pietrangeli
  Shirley Brasher Bloomer
9 6 6
  Robert Howe
  Lorraine Coghlan Robinson
7 8 2

WimbledonEdit

Men's singlesEdit

 
The 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lasted 4 hours 48 minutes and is the fifth longest singles final by time played.
Longest match by time and number of games
2010 first round, 183 games, 11 hours and 5 minutes.[21]
This is the longest professional tennis
match ever played.[21]
  John Isner 6 3 67 77 70
  Nicolas Mahut 4 6 79 63 68
Longest singles final match by time played
2019, 4 hours and 57 minutes[22]
  Novak Djokovic 77 1 77 4 137
  Roger Federer 65 6 64 6 123
Longest singles final match by number of games
2009, 77 games[23] This match also had the longest final set in a Grand Slam final by games[23]
  Roger Federer 5 78 77 3 16
  Andy Roddick 7 66 65 6 14
Longest singles semifinal match by time and number of games
2018, 99 games, 6 hours 36 minutes[24]
  Kevin Anderson 78 65 69 6 26
  John Isner 66 77 711 4 24

Men's doublesEdit

Longest doubles final match by time played
1992, 5 hours and 1 minute
  John McEnroe
  Michael Stich
5 77 3 77 19
  Jim Grabb
  Richey Reneberg
7 65 6 65 17
Also the longest doubles final by number of games (83).
Longest match by time played
2006 quarterfinals, 6 hours and 9 minutes
  Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
5 6 65 6 23
  Simon Aspelin
  Todd Perry
7 3 77 3 21
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1966 first round, 98 games[25]
  Nikola Pilić
  Gene Scott
19 12 6 4 9
  Cliff Richey
  Torben Ulrich
21 10 4 6 7
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
2007 third round 102 games[25]
  Marcelo Melo
  André Sá
5 77 4 79 28
  Paul Hanley
  Kevin Ullyett
7 64 6 67 26
Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1968, 70 games
  John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
3 8 5 14 6
  Ken Rosewall
  Fred Stolle
6 6 7 12 3

Women's singlesEdit

Longest match by time played[26]
1995 second round, 3 hours 45 mins
  Chanda Rubin 77 65 17
  Patricia Hy-Boulais 64 77 15
NB: The Bud Collins History of Tennis incorrectly lists this match as having occurred in 1996
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1948 second round, 54 games
  Alice Weiwers 8 14 6
  Rita Anderson 10 12 4
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1995 second round, 58 games
  Chanda Rubin 77 65 17
  Patricia Hy-Boulais 64 77 15
Longest singles final match by time played[27]
2005, 2 hours and 45 minutes
  Venus Williams 4 77 9
  Lindsay Davenport 6 64 7
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[28]
1970, 46 games
  Margaret Court 14 11
  Billie Jean King 12 9

Women's doublesEdit

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1933 first round, 48 games
  Pat Brazier
  Christabel Wheatcroft
11 5 9
  Mildred Nonweiler
  Betty Soames
9 7 7
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1933, 38 games
  Simonne Mathieu
  Elizabeth Ryan
6 9 6
  Freda James
  Billie Yorke
2 11 4
1967, 38 games
  Billie Jean King
  Rosemary Casals
9 6 6
  Maria Bueno
  Nancy Richey Gunter
11 4 2

Mixed doublesEdit

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1967 quarterfinals, 56 games
  Ken Fletcher
  Margaret Court
6 7 16
  Alex Metreveli
  Anna Dmitrieva
8 5 14
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1949, 48 games
  Eric Sturgess
  Sheila Piercey Summers
9 9 7
  John Bromwich
  Louise Brough Clapp
7 11 5

US OpenEdit

 
Stefan Edberg's (pictured) 1992 defeat of Michael Chang 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–4 in 5 hours 26 minutes remains the longest match at the US Open.

Men's singlesEdit

Longest match by time played[29]
1992, 5 hours and 26 minutes
  Stefan Edberg 63 7 77 5 6
  Michael Chang 77 5 63 7 4

On 1 September 2016, Paolo Lorenzi and Gilles Simon played for 4 hours and 58 minutes. [30] In August 2017, Albert Ramos-Viñolas and Denis Istomin played for 4 hours and 55 minutes. [31] In August 2016, Fabio Fognini and Teimuraz Gabashvili played for 4 hours and 52 minutes. [32]

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1969, 100 games
  Franklin Robbins 22 9 6 8 6
  Donald Dell 20 7 8 10 4
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1979 second round, 63 games
  John Lloyd 5 6 7 7 7
  Paul McNamee 7 7 5 6 6
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1949, 67 games
  Pancho Gonzales 16 2 6 6 6
  Ted Schroeder 18 6 1 2 4
Longest singles final match by time played[33]
1988, 4 hours and 54 minutes
  Mats Wilander 6 4 6 5 6
  Ivan Lendl 4 6 3 7 4
2012, 4 hours and 54 minutes
  Andy Murray 712 7 2 3 6
  Novak Djokovic 610 5 6 6 2

Men's doublesEdit

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1966 third round, 105 games
  Marcello Lara
  Joaquin Loyo-Mayo
10 24 11 3 6
  Manuel Santana
  Luis-Augusto García
12 22 9 6 2
1967 quarterfinals, 105 games
  Cliff Drysdale
  Ray Moore
29 8 3 8 6
  Roy Emerson
  Ron Barnes
31 6 6 6 2
Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1946, 74 games
  Gardnar Mulloy
  William Talbert
3 6 2 6 20
  Frank Guernsey
  Don McNeill
6 4 6 3 18

Women's singlesEdit

Longest match by time played
2017, 3 hours 33 minutes
  Shelby Rogers 78 4 77
  Daria Gavrilova 66 6 65
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1898 challenge round, 51 games
best-of-five-sets match
  Juliette Atkinson 6 5 6 2 7
  Marion Jones 3 7 4 6 5

Women's doublesEdit

Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1920, 43 games
  Eleanor Goss
  Marion Zinderstein
13 4 6
  Helen Baker
  Eleanor "Teach" Tennant
11 6 3

Mixed doublesEdit

Longest mixed doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1959, 48 games
  Neale Fraser
  Margaret Osborne duPont
7 13 6
  Bob Mark
  Janet Hopps Adkisson
5 15 2

Summer OlympicsEdit

OverallEdit

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[34]
1920 semifinals, 76 games (6 hrs?) (See Note)
  Gordon Lowe 14 8 5 6 6
  Augustos Zerlendis 12 10 7 4 4
Note: World Tennis Magazine state that some media outlets have reported [this match] lasting approximately six hours.[35] This match therefore could have been the longest Olympic tennis match in terms of match duration as well as being the longest Olympic tennis match in terms of number of games.
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[34][36][37]
2012 second round, 66 games (3 h 57 min)
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6 3 25
  Milos Raonic 3 6 23
Note: Match played on 31 July 2012. Beating the previous record of 61 games set during the five set doubles final in 1988. The third set also set a record for most games played in a set at an Olympics, beating the previous record set at the 2004 Summer Olympics by Fernando González and Taylor Dent, 30 games, by 18 games.
Longest match by time played, after the tiebreaker introduction[34]
1992 first round, 5 h and 53 min (56 games)
  Boris Becker 3 77 5 77 6
  Christian Ruud 6 62 7 62 3
Note: Tsonga vs. Raonic above (best-of-three-sets system) was longer by number of games.

Men's singlesEdit

Best-of-three-sets system:
Longest match by time played[38][39]
2012 semifinals, 4 h and 26 min (58 games)
  Roger Federer 3 77 19
  Juan Martín del Potro 6 65 17
Note: Match played on 3 August 2012. This is also the longest best-of-three-sets men's singles match ever played in the open era (with or without a tiebreaker in the final set).
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[34][36][40]
2012 second round, 66 games (3 h 57 min)
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6 3 25
  Milos Raonic 3 6 23
Note: Match played on 31 July 2012. Beating the previous record of 61 games set during the five set doubles final in 1988. The third set also set a record for most games played in a set at an Olympics, beating the previous record set at the 2004 Summer Olympics by Fernando González and Taylor Dent, 30 games, by 18 games.
Best-of-five-sets system:
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[34]
1920 semifinals, 76 games (6 hrs?) (See Note)
  Gordon Lowe 14 8 5 6 6
  Augustos Zerlendis 12 10 7 4 4
Note: World Tennis Magazine state that some media outlets have reported [this match] lasting approximately six hours.[35] This match therefore could have been the longest Olympic tennis match in terms of match duration as well as being the longest Olympic tennis match in terms of number of games.
Longest match by time played, after the tiebreaker introduction[34]
1992 first round, 5 h and 53 min (56 games)
  Boris Becker 3 77 5 77 6
  Christian Ruud 6 62 7 62 3
Note: Tsonga vs. Raonic above (best-of-three-sets system) was longer by number of games.

Men's doublesEdit

Longest match by time played[34]
2008 semifinals, 4 h and 44 min (59 games)
  Simon Aspelin
  Thomas Johansson
78 4 19
  Arnaud Clément
  Michaël Llodra
66 6 17
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[41]
2012 second round, 63 games
  Marcelo Melo
  Bruno Soares
1 6 24
  Tomáš Berdych
  Radek Štěpánek
6 4 22
Note: This match was played on 1 August 2012, only a day after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Milos Raonic set the record of 66 games in a best-of-three-sets match.

Women's singlesEdit

Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1988 second round, 42 games
  Larisa Savchenko 63 77 9
  Sara Gomer 77 63 7
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
2004 first round, 42 games
  Paola Suárez 77 65 9
  Nathalie Dechy 61 77 7

Women's doublesEdit

Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[34]
1988 first round, 63 games
  Carling Bassett-Seguso
  Jill Hetherington
710 5 20
  Mercedes Paz
  Gabriela Sabatini
68 7 18

Davis Cup and Fed CupEdit

Davis CupEdit

Longest rubber by duration
2013 World Group first round, Switzerland vs. Czech Republic. 7 hours and 2 minutes[42]
  Stanislas Wawrinka
  Marco Chiudinelli
4 7 4 7 22
  Tomáš Berdych
  Lukáš Rosol
6 5 6 6 24
Longest rubber by number of games (Doubles)
Doubles of the 1973 American Zone Final, Chile vs. USA, 122 games[42]
  Stan Smith
  Erik van Dillen
7 37 8 6 6
  Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
9 39 6 1 3
the 39–37 second set is the longest set in Davis Cup history
Longest rubber by number of games (singles)
1982 American Zone Semifinal, Canada vs. Venezuela, 100 games[42]
  Harry Fritz 16 11 9 4 11
  Jorge Andrew 14 9 11 6 9

Fed CupEdit

Tour FinalsEdit

ATP Tour FinalsEdit

Longest match by time played[43]
2016 semi final, 3 hours 38 minutes.
  Andy Murray 5 77 711
  Milos Raonic 7 65 69
Match was the longest since 1991 when times were first recorded

WTA Tour FinalsEdit

Best-of-five-sets system:
Longest match by time played
1990 final, 3 hours and 47 minutes
  Monica Seles 6 5 3 6 6
  Gabriela Sabatini 4 7 6 4 2
Best-of-three-sets system:
Longest match by time played
2012 round robin, 3 hours and 29 minutes
  Agnieszka Radwańska 66 7 6
  Sara Errani 78 5 4

See alsoEdit

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