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Cilic beats Querrey in epic

2012-06-30 22:58

London - Marin Cilic beat Sam Querrey 17-15 in the final set of a dramatic match on Saturday which broke the record for the second-longest encounter in Wimbledon history.

Croatian 16th seed Cilic beat Querrey of the United States 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-7 (7/2), 6-7 (7/3), 17-15 in a match that lasted five hours and 31 minutes.

The pair were duelling in the dusk on the 4 000-seater Court 2 show court when Cilic finally sealed the match at 9:02pm.

The final set lasted two hours and seven minutes.

The match surpassed the mark of five hours, 28 minutes set in 1989 when Greg Holmes beat Todd Witsken 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 14-12.

The all-time record at Wimbledon - or anywhere else - by a long distance remains the epic 2010 encounter at the All England Club between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.

Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3), 70-68 in 11 hours and five minutes in a match that took three days to complete.

Cilic got himself to match point by finishing off a 29-stroke rally and won it when Querrey fired a return of serve long. The pair hugged at the net and Cilic raised his fist in celebration.

AFP