Marathon tennis stretches everyone at Wimbledon

Jul 02, 2012, 08:03 IST | Dileep Mehta

Marin Cilic beat Sam Querrey on Saturday in a match that lasted five hours and 31 minutes. This is now the second-longest match in Wimbledon history

The previous second longest match at Wimbledon was the five hours, 28 minute-battle between Greg Holmes and Todd Witsken which Holmes won 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 14-12. The all-time record at Wimbledon is still the 2010 match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut — 11 hours and five minutes. Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3), 70-68 in a match that was completed on the third day.

Marin Cilic reacts during his match against Sam Querrey yesterday. Pic/getty images

Andy Murray beat Marcos Baghdatis to reach the round of 16 late on Saturday night and set up a clash with No 16 seed Croat Marin Cilic. The Briton won 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in three hours and 13 minutes just in time for the 11 pm deadline.

Murray was patchy in his approach and far from his best, but gathering the oxygen generated under the roof, got the crowd on their feet as he defeated his opponent from Cyprus.

“The conditions were tough. I was really struggling. In the last couple of sets, I was creating a lot of chances but I wasn’t feeling comfortable. I struck the ball a bit better under the roof,” said Murray.

The match which ran for three hours and 13 minutes was gripping with flashes of brilliance from both players. Murray fell thrice and hurting himself. Thrice, his reserve service ball spilled from his pocket, costing him a replay of the point, and on the third occasion, the point itself made the match more dramatic.

Lukas Rosol, the conqueror of Rafael Nadal, who was expected produce a classy performance, disappointed Wimbledon crowd on Saturday by losing in the third round. Having beaten Nadal in such stunning fashion, he succumbed to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets — 6-2,6-3,7-6.

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