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5 things we can learn by watching the Wimbledon Championships

  • Wimbledon teaches a lot of things to a lot of people, but most of all to the fans.
Dhruv George
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Modified 01 Jul 2016, 17:34 IST

3. The tournament almost always throws up marathon matches

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at the end of their epic match

Tennis has seen its fair share of marathon matches but the one that takes the cake is the 2010 1st round match between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicholas Mahut. The epic battle lasted an astounding 11 hours and 5 minutes over a span of three days! Since Wimbledon follows the age-old rule that if the match is stretched to 5 sets, the fifth and final set will not be a tiebreaker, the scoreboard read 6/4, 3/6, 6/7, 7/6, 70/68 in favor of Isner!

The longest Wimbledon final was the 2008 one between Nadal and Federer, which lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes with the scoreboard reading 6/4, 6/4, 6/7, 6/7, 9/7 in favour of Nadal. But there have been marathons too – the 2009 final between Federer and Andy Roddick, the 2014 final between Federer and Djokovic, and the 2005 women's final between Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport, to name just a few. Because there is so much on the line at Wimbledon, you will never see a player giving up easily!

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Published 01 Jul 2016, 17:11 IST
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