Nadal, Serena amazed by marathon match
Incredible, heroic, amazing - just some of the words used by top
tennis stars as they tried to get their heads around the longest match
in the history of the sport.
World number one Rafael Nadal said he was blown away by the
unprecedented battle of wills between America’s John Isner and France’s
Isner beat Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/3), 70-68 in the
Wimbledon first round.
“It was an amazing match,” said Nadal.
“I just congratulate both players because they did something amazing.
To focus around 10 hours, that’s amazing, to not lose the serve in all
that time. They made history.”
Serena Williams, the women’s world number one, said it had sparked
worldwide interest from people not normally into tennis.
“It was on all kinds of different blogs that normally does not show
sports. I thought that was cool,” the American said.
“I was thinking I was glad that it wasn’t me.
“This is like a once-in-a-lifetime thing. This is the first time this
has happened. Maybe it will take another couple of hundred years to
Maria Sharapova praised them for their extraordinary achievement.
“It’s amazing what they’ve done,” the Russian former world number one
“They’ve created some crazy news around the world, which is great for
the sport. Even for people that don’t have any interest in tennis, they
read about it and see it and think how amazing it is. It’s wonderful for
Sharapova said she would not have lasted 11 hours and five minutes.
“It’s heroic,” she said.
“I’d be checking myself into the local hospital. It’s pretty
incredible what they’ve done.
“It’s an amazing effort at that point in the match to come out and to
be able to hit such powerful strokes and serves and just keep doing it
over and over.
“But over a certain period of time, I think it takes a toll on your
body mentally and physically.”
Meanwhile, British hope Andy Murray said: “It will never happen again
- unless they play next year maybe!
“It’s pretty amazing, just very difficult to describe. Definitely
will never, ever happen again,” said the world number four. “I saw Isner
before the match in the locker room. He looked okay. He looked fine,” he
“I’m sure physically it would have been incredibly difficult, but
mentally to concentrate for that long must be so tough.”
Women’s world number three Caroline Wozniacki described the match as
“I’m really sad for Mahut and very happy for Isner that he won. But
it’s going into history, that match. Everything: most aces, longest
games, everything. I mean, it’s crazy.”
LONDON, June 25, 2010, AFP