Longest tennis match records

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This article details longest tennis match records by duration or number of games. The 1973 introduction of the tiebreak reduced the opportunity for such records to be broken. However, among the Grand Slams, only the US Open uses the tiebreak in the final set; the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon instead 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.

Overall[edit]

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

Men's singles[edit]

  •    = 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)
United States John Isner France Nicolas Mahut 2010 Wimbledon 1R 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68
2 06:43 Argentina Argentina
(Leonardo Mayer)
Brazil Brazil
(João Souza)
2015 Davis Cup 1R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13
3 06:36 South Africa Kevin Anderson United States 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)
France Fabrice Santoro France Arnaud Clément 2004 French Open 1R 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 3–6, 16–14
5 06:22 United States United States
(John McEnroe)
Sweden Sweden
(Mats Wilander)
1982 Davis Cup QF 9–7, 6–2, 15–17, 3–6, 8–6
(before tiebreak era)
6 06:21 Germany Germany
(Boris Becker)
United States 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 Argentina
(José Luis Clerc)
United States United States
(John McEnroe)
1980 Davis Cup F 6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 14–12
(before tiebreak era)
8 06:04 Austria Austria
(Horst Skoff)
Sweden 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 Canada
(Harry Fritz)
Venezuela 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 Czech Republic
(Radek Štěpánek)
Croatia 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 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain 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 France
(Arnaud Clément)
Switzerland 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 Morocco
(Mehdi Tahiri)
Luxembourg 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 France Paul-Henri Mathieu United States John Isner 2012 French Open 2R 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 18–16
15 05:31 Spain Àlex Corretja Argentina Hernán Gumy 1998 French Open 3R 6–1, 5–7, 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 9–7
16 05:31 Croatia Marin Čilić United States Sam Querrey 2012 Wimbledon 3R 7–6(8–6), 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7), 17–15
17 05:29 Germany West Germany
(Michael Westphal)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
(Tomáš Šmíd)
1985 Davis Cup SF 6–8, 1–6, 7–5, 11–9, 17–15
18 05:28 United States Greg Holmes United States Todd Witsken 1989 Wimbledon 2R 5–7, 6–4, 6–4(7–5), 4–6, 14–12
19 05:26 Sweden Stefan Edberg United States Michael Chang 1992 US Open SF 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–4
20 05:25 Austria Austria
(Thomas Muster)
Germany Germany
(Michael Stich)
1994 Davis Cup 1R 6–4, 6–7(8–10), 4–6, 6–3, 12–10
21 05:25 Japan Japan
(Tatsuma Ito)
Philippines 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 Uruguay
(Pablo Cuevas)
Colombia Colombia
(Santiago Giraldo)
2008 Davis Cup Z# 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
23 05:22 Croatia Ivo Karlović Argentina Horacio Zeballos 2017 Australian Open 1R 6–7(6–8), 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 22–20
24 05:20 Ecuador Ecuador
(Nicolás Lapentti)
Paraguay 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)
Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal 2018 Wimbledon SF 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(11–9), 3–6, 10–8[5]
26 05:15 Brazil Brazil
(Jaime Oncins)
Germany Germany
(Markus Zoecke)
1992 Davis Cup 1R 1–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–5
27 05:14 Spain Rafael Nadal Argentina Guillermo Coria 2005 Italian Open F 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
28 05:14 Spain Rafael Nadal Spain Fernando Verdasco 2009 Australian Open SF 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–2), 6–7(1–7), 6–4
29 05:14 Chile Chile
(Nicolás Massú)
Austria Austria
(Stefan Koubek)
2009 Davis Cup PO 6–4, 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
30 05:12 United States Pancho Gonzales United States Charlie Pasarell 1969 Wimbledon 1R 22–24, 1–6, 16–14, 6–3, 11–9[6]
(before tiebreak era)
31 05:12 Germany Rainer Schüttler France Arnaud Clément 2008 Wimbledon QF 6–3, 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 6–7(7–9), 8–6
32 05:11 Germany Boris Becker Italy Omar Camporese 1991 Australian Open 3R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 0–6, 4–6, 14–12
33 05:10 Netherlands Richard Krajicek United States Todd Martin 1993 US Open 3R 6–7(4–7), 4–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–4, 6–4
34 05:09 Armenia Sargis Sargsian Chile Nicolás Massú 2004 US Open 2R 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–4
35 05:09 Croatia Croatia
(Marin Čilić)
Argentina Argentina
(David Nalbandian)
2012 Davis Cup QF 5–7, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–3
36 05:07 Paraguay Paraguay
(Victor Pecci)
France France
(Yannick Noah)
1985 Davis Cup 1R 6–8, 15–13, 2–6, 8–6, 10–8
(before tiebreak era)
37 05:07 Israel Israel
(Dudi Sela)
Chile Chile
(Nicolás Massú)
2007 Davis Cup PO 6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–4
38 05:07 Serbia Serbia
(Janko Tipsarević)
Czech Republic Czech Republic
(Radek Štěpánek)
2012 Davis Cup QF 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 4–6, 9–7
39 05:07 Argentina Argentina
(Juan Martín del Potro)
United Kingdom Great Britain
(Andy Murray)
2016 Davis Cup SF 6–4, 5–7, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4
40 05:05 Germany Boris Becker United States 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 Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer 2006 Italian Open F 6–7(0–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
42 05:03 Switzerland Switzerland
(Marc Rosset)
Spain Spain
(Jordi Arrese)
1992 Summer Olympics G 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 8–6
43 05:03 Sweden Sweden
(Markus Eriksson)
Denmark 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
44 05:02 Serbia Novak Djokovic Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka 2013 Australian Open 4R 1–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–7 (5–7), 12–10
45 05:01 United States Ivan Lendl Germany Boris Becker 1992 US Open 4R 6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–4

Women's singles[edit]

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 United States Vicki Nelson United States Jean Hepner 1984 Central Fidelity Banks International 1R 6–4, 7–6(13–11)[3]
2 05:03 Italy Maria Elena Camerin Romania 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 Italy Francesca Schiavone Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 2011 Australian Open 4R 6–4, 1–6, 16–14[7]
4 04:42 Japan Kurumi Nara Romania Monica Niculescu 2010 French Open - Qualifying Q# 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 10–8
5 04:24 Australia Maddison Inglis India Karman Thandi 2018 Thailand ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 2R 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4)
6 04:19 Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Russia Regina Kulikova 2010 Australian Open 1R 7–6(7–5), 6–7(10–12), 6–3
7 04:07 France Virginie Buisson France Noëlle van Lottum 1995 French Open 1R 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–2
8 04:06 Japan Chihiro Muramatsu United Kingdom Harriet Dart 2017 Thailand ITF $15,000 Women's Pro Circuit SF 7-6(7-2), 5-7, 7-5
9 04:05 United States Lauren Davis China Han Xinyun 2015 Wuhan Open - Qualifying 1R 5–7, 7–6(7–2), 7–5
10 04:04 Australia Astra Sharma Australia Samantha Harris 2017 Austria ITF $15,000 Women’s Pro Circuit QF 7–6(9–7), 6-7(5–7), 7–6(7–5)
11 04:02 United States Vania King Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 2007 PTT Bangkok Open 2R 6–7(8–10), 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4)
11 04:02 Germany Lisa Matviyenko United States Chanelle Van Nguyen 2018 Sweden ITF $15,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 7–6(11–9), 6–7(4–7), 6–3
13 04:01 Austria Barbara Haas United States Rasheeda McAdoo 2018 USA ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 1R 6–7(3–7), 5–7, 7–6(7–4)
14 04:00 Netherlands Netherlands
(Richèl Hogenkamp)
Russia Russia
(Svetlana Kuznetsova)
2016 Fed Cup 1R 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 10–8
14 04:00 Italy Giulia Gatto-Monticone Romania Irina Bara 2017 Italy ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit F 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
16 03:55 Australia Kerry Reid United States Pam Teeguarden 1972 French Open 3R 9–7, 4–6, 16–14
(before tiebreak era)
17 03:50 Italy Francesca Schiavone Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 2015 French Open 2R 6–7(11–13), 7–5, 10–8
17 03:50 Croatia Tereza Mrdeža India Karman Thandi 2018 Australia ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit 2R 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
19 03:49 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
(Vilmarie Castellvi)
Canada Canada
(Aleksandra Wozniak)
2005 Fed Cup PO 7–5, 4–6, 11–9
20 03:48 Czech Republic Czech Republic
(Karolína Plíšková)
France France
(Kristina Mladenovic)
2016 Fed Cup F 6–3, 4–6, 16–14
21 03:47 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 1990 WTA Tour Championships F 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
22 03:46 Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung Italy Nathalie Viérin 2005 Australian Open - Qualifying 1R 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 11–9
23 03:45 Australia Michelle Jaggard United States Penny Barg 1987 Wimbledon - Qualifying Q# 6–7(3–7), 7–6(9–7), 10–8
23 03:45 United States Chanda Rubin Canada Patricia Hy-Boulais 1995 Wimbledon 2R 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 17–15[8]
23 03:45 Romania Simona Halep United States Lauren Davis 2018 Australian Open 3R 4–6 , 6–4, 15–13
26 03:44 Czech Republic Czech Republic
(Kateřina Siniaková)
United States USA
(Sofia Kenin)
2018 Fed Cup F 7–5, 5–7, 7–5
27 03:42 United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands Australia Anastasia Rodionova 2013 Family Circle Cup 1R 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3)
27 03:42 Japan Risa Ozaki United Kingdom Freya Christie 2016 Wimbledon - Qualifying 1R 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4), 7–5
29 03:41 Germany Julia Görges Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik 2008 Wimbledon 1R 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 16–14
29 03:41 Romania Monica Niculescu Italy Karin Knapp 2011 Luxembourg Open 1R 6–7(2–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
29 03:41 Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich Romania Monica Niculescu 2015 Western & Southern Open - Qualifying 1R 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 7–6(11–9)
32 03:39 Argentina Argentina
(María Irigoyen)
Japan Japan
(Kurumi Nara)
2014 Fed Cup N/A 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–4
32 03:39 Thailand Nudnida Luangnam Thailand Chompoothip Jundakate 2018 Thailand ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit - Qualifying 3R 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–4)
34 03:38 France Sandrine Testud Spain Conchita Martínez 2002 Bausch & Lomb Championships 3R 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
34 03:38 Romania Irina-Camelia Begu United States CoCo Vandeweghe 2016 French Open 2R 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 10–8
36 03:36 United States Mary Joe Fernández Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 1993 French Open QF 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 10–8
36 03:36 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Serbia Jelena Janković 2017 Australian Open 3R 6–4, 5–7, 9–7
38 03:35 Belgium Belgium
(Els Callens)
Spain Spain
(Virginia Ruano Pascual)
2004 Fed Cup QF 2–6, 6–4, 11–9
38 03:35 Russia Nadia Petrova Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik 2008 German Open 1R 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
38 03:35 France Mallaurie Noel Brazil Laura Pigossi 2017 France ITF $80,000 Women's Pro Circuit - Qualifying 2R 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 7-6(7-1)
38 03:35 Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 2018 Internationaux de Strasbourg F 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3), 7–6(8–6)
42 03:34 Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva Hungary Ágnes Szávay 2009 Australian Open 1R 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
42 03:34 China Peng Shuai Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 2017 Wuhan Open 1R 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3)
44 03:33 United States Chanda Rubin Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1996 Australian Open QF 6–4, 2–6, 16–14
44 03:33 Italy Corinna Dentoni Italy Alberta Brianti 2008 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo 1R 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
44 03:33 United States Shelby Rogers Australia Daria Gavrilova 2017 US Open 2R 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
47 03:32 Serbia Serbia
(Jelena Janković)
Slovakia Slovakia
(Dominika Cibulková)
2007 Fed Cup PO 7–5, 1–6, 9–7
47 03:32 France Kristina Mladenovic United Kingdom Heather Watson 2017 Mexican Open 2R 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 7–5
47 03:32 New Zealand Paige Hourigan United States Kelly Chen 2018 USA ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 7-5, 6-7(3-7), 7-5
47 03:32 Italy Anastasia Grymalska Slovakia Vivien Juhászová 2017 Hungary ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit QF 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), 6-2
51 03:31 United States Stephanie Rehe Argentina Mercedes Paz 1992 Mazda Tennis Classic 1R 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–4
51 03:31 Italy Sara Errani Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova 2009 Brisbane International 2R 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–3
53 03:30 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Israel Shahar Pe'er 2006 Canberra International SF 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 6–4
53 03:30 Singapore Singapore
(Stefanie Tan)
Philippines Philippines
(Anna Christine Patrimonio)
2011 Fed Cup PO 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
53 03:30 Poland Magdalena Fręch Austria Julia Grabher 2017 Germany ITF $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit SF 6-7(11-13), 7-6(7-3), 6-3

Doubles[edit]

Longest doubles matches by time
# Duration
(hh:mm)
Winner Loser Event Round Score
1 07:02 Czech Republic Czech Republic
(Tomáš Berdych
Lukáš Rosol)
Switzerland 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 Argentina
(Lucas Arnold Ker
David Nalbandian)
Russia 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 United States
(Stan Smith
Erik Van Dillen)
Chile 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 Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá
Australia Paul Hanley
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
2007 Wimbledon 2R 5–7, 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 28–26[10]

Australian Open[edit]

Men's Singles[edit]

Longest match by time played
2012 final, 5 hours and 53 minutes
Serbia Novak Djokovic 5 6 6 65 7
Spain 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
United States Dennis Ralston 19 20 4 6
Australia John Newcombe 17 18 6 3
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[11]
1927, 71 games
Australia Gerald Patterson 3 6 3 18 6
Australia 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
Croatia Ivo Karlovic 66 3 7 6 22
Argentina Horacio Zeballos 78 6 5 2 20

Men's Doubles[edit]

Women's Singles[edit]

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
Italy Francesca Schiavone 6 1 16
Russia 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
United States Chanda Rubin 6 2 16
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4 6 14
2018 third round, 48 games
Romania Simona Halep 4 6 15
United States Lauren Davis 6 4 13
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[14]
1956, 33 games
Australia Mary Carter Reitano 3 6 9
Australia Thelma Coyne Long 6 2 7

Women's Doubles[edit]

Mixed Doubles[edit]

French Open[edit]

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 Singles[edit]

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

Men's Doubles[edit]

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

Women's Singles[edit]

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

Women's Doubles[edit]

Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[19]
1955, 50 games
United States Beverly Baker Fleitz
United States Darlene Hard
7 6 13
United Kingdom Shirley Brasher Bloomer
United Kingdom 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 Doubles[edit]

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

Wimbledon[edit]

Men's Singles[edit]

The 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lasted 4 hours 48 minutes and is the third 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]
United States John Isner 6 3 67 77 70
France Nicolas Mahut 4 6 79 63 68
Longest singles final match by time played
2008, 4 hours and 48 minutes[22]
Spain Rafael Nadal 6 6 65 68 9
Switzerland Roger Federer 4 4 77 710 7
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]
Switzerland Roger Federer 5 78 77 3 16
United States 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]
South Africa Kevin Anderson 78 65 69 6 26
United States John Isner 66 77 711 4 24

Men's Doubles[edit]

Longest doubles final match by time played
1992, 5 hours and 1 minute
United States John McEnroe
Germany Michael Stich
5 77 3 77 19
United States Jim Grabb
United States 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
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
5 6 65 6 23
Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
7 3 77 3 21
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1966 first round, 98 games[25]
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
United States Gene Scott
19 12 6 4 9
United States Cliff Richey
Denmark Torben Ulrich
21 10 4 6 7
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
2007 third round 102 games[25]
Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá
5 77 4 79 28
Australia Paul Hanley
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
7 64 6 67 26
Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1968, 70 games
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
3 8 5 14 6
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
6 6 7 12 3

Women's Singles[edit]

Longest match by time played[26]
1995 second round, 3 hours 45 mins
United States Chanda Rubin 77 65 17
Canada 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
France Alice Weiwers 8 14 6
United States Rita Anderson 10 12 4
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1995 second round, 58 games
United States Chanda Rubin 77 65 17
Canada Patricia Hy-Boulais 64 77 15
Longest singles final match by time played[27]
2005, 2 hours and 45 minutes
United States Venus Williams 4 77 9
United States Lindsay Davenport 6 64 7
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[28]
1970, 46 games
Australia Margaret Court 14 11
United States Billie Jean King 12 9

Women's Doubles[edit]

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

Mixed Doubles[edit]

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

US Open[edit]

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 in terms of match duration.

Men's Singles[edit]

Longest match by time played[29]
1992, 5 hours and 26 minutes
Sweden Stefan Edberg 63 7 77 5 6
United States 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
United States Franklin Robbins 22 9 6 8 6
United States Donald Dell 20 7 8 10 4
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1979 second round, 63 games
United Kingdom John Lloyd 5 6 7 7 7
Australia Paul McNamee 7 7 5 6 6
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1949, 67 games
United States Pancho Gonzales 16 2 6 6 6
United States Ted Schroeder 18 6 1 2 4
Longest singles final match by time played[33]
1988, 4 hours and 54 minutes
Sweden Mats Wilander 6 4 6 5 6
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 4 6 3 7 4
2012, 4 hours and 54 minutes
United Kingdom Andy Murray 712 7 2 3 6
Serbia Novak Djokovic 610 5 6 6 2

Men's Doubles[edit]

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

Women's Singles[edit]

Longest match by time played
2017, 3 hours 33 minutes
United States Shelby Rogers 78 4 77
Australia 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
United States Juliette Atkinson 6 5 6 2 7
United States Marion Jones 3 7 4 6 5

Women's Doubles[edit]

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

Mixed Doubles[edit]

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

Summer Olympics[edit]

Overall[edit]

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[34]
1920 semifinals, 76 games (6 hrs?) (See Note)
United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 14 8 5 6 6
Greece 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)
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6 3 25
Canada 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)
Germany Boris Becker 3 77 5 77 6
Norway 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 Singles[edit]

Best-of-three-sets system:
Longest match by time played[38][39]
2012 semifinals, 4 h and 26 min (58 games)
Switzerland Roger Federer 3 77 19
Argentina 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][40][41]
2012 second round, 66 games (3 h 57 min)
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6 3 25
Canada 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)
United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 14 8 5 6 6
Greece Augustos Zerlendis 12 10 7 4 4
Note: World Tennis Magazine state that some media outlets have reported [this match] lasting approximately six hours.[42] 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)
Germany Boris Becker 3 77 5 77 6
Norway 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 Doubles[edit]

Longest match by time played[34]
2008 semifinals, 4 h and 44 min (59 games)
Sweden Simon Aspelin
Sweden Thomas Johansson
78 4 19
France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
66 6 17
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[43]
2012 second round, 63 games
Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil Bruno Soares
1 6 24
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Czech Republic 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 Singles[edit]

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

Women's Doubles[edit]

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

Davis Cup and Fed Cup[edit]

Davis Cup[edit]

Longest rubber by duration
2013 World Group first round, Switzerland vs. Czech Republic. 7 hours and 2 minutes[44]
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
Switzerland Marco Chiudinelli
4 7 4 7 22
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Czech Republic 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[44]
United States Stan Smith
United States Erik Van Dillen
7 37 8 6 6
Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile 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[44]
Canada Harry Fritz 16 11 9 4 11
Venezuela Jorge Andrew 14 9 11 6 9

Fed Cup[edit]

Tour Finals[edit]

ATP Tour Finals[edit]

Longest match by time played[45]
2016 semi final, 3 hours 38 minutes.
United Kingdom Andy Murray 5 77 711
Canada Milos Raonic 7 65 69
Match was the longest since 1991 when times were first recorded

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

Best-of-five-sets system:
Longest match by time played
1990 final, 3 hours and 47 minutes
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6 5 3 6 6
Argentina 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
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 66 7 6
Italy Sara Errani 78 5 4

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