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By Randy Walker



Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol’s historic Davis Cup doubles victory in 7 hours, 2 minutes over Stan Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli set a new standard as the longest doubles match and longest Davis Cup match of all time.

Of course the Czech’s 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 24-22 win over the Swiss team in Geneva was still four hours and three minutes shy of equaling the 11 hours, 5 minute epic performed by John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in their 70-68 in the fifth set first-round epic at Wimbledon in 2010. It now stands, however, as the second longest match ever played.

In his authoritative volume THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS (available here for $35.95: http://www.amazon.com/The-Collins-History-Tennis-Authoritative/dp/0942257707/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359897048&sr=8-1&keywords=bud+collins+history+of+tennis) Hall of Fame tennis historian and personality Bud Collins summarizes all of the longest tennis matches of all time, listed below.


Longest Matches— Time


Men’s Singles

11:05 John Isner d. Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68, 2010 Wimbledon first round

6:33 Fabrice Santoro d. Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 3-6, 16-14, 2004 French Open first round

6:22 John McEnroe d. Mats Wilander 9-7, 6-2, 15-17, 3-6, 8-6, 5th rubber, Davis Cup Quarterfinal, St. Louis, Mo, 1982

6:20 Boris Becker d. John McEnroe 4-6, 15-13, 8-10, 6-2, 6-2, Davis Cup, Qualifying Round, Hartford, 1987



Women’s Singles

6:31 Vicki Nelson Dunbar d. Jean Hepner, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11), 1984, Richmond, Va., first round (tie-breaker alone lasted 1 hour and 47 minutes, one point lasted 29 minutes, a rally of 643 strokes)

4:44 Francesca Schiavone d. Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14, 2011 Australian Open fourth round (

4:19 Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova d Regina Kulikova 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 2010 Australian Open first round


Men’s Doubles

6:20 Lucas Arnold and David Nalbandian d. Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin, 2003 Davis Cup semifinals 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 19-17, 2002 Davis Cup Semifinal, Moscow

Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol

Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol

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Randy Walker is a communications and marketing specialist, writer, tennis historian and the managing partner of New Chapter Media – www.NewChapterMedia.com. He was a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Tennis Association’s marketing and communications division where he worked as the press officer for 22 U.S. Davis Cup ties, three Olympic tennis teams and was an integral part of USTA media services team for 14 US Opens. He is the author of the books ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY and THE DAYS OF ROGER FEDERER

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