The men’s marathon does not take place until the last day of the games, Sunday August 12, but on July 31 two tennis players treated fans to a marathon set which broke the record for longest set in Olympic tennis history, which was previously 36 games. Milos Raonic, of Canada, pushed the fifth seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to a third set which took 48 games to decide.
Tsonga was able to break Raonic’s serve in the 48th game to secure the victory and advance to the third round. Raonic-Tsonga set the Olympic record but was 98 games short of breaking the All England Club record of longest set which is held by John Isner and Nicolas Manhut who played 138 games in the fifth set of the 2010 Wimbledon first round match.
Tenth seeded Isner was in London during the Ranic-Tsonga match as he was on a rest day during from his own pursuit of Olympic gold. Through two rounds most of the top seeds have advanced including the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer. Of course the local fans have Wimbledon runner up and British native Andy Murry to cheer on during his push for gold.
The Raonic-Tsonga thriller could be just a taste of what’s to come as the men’s and women’s, singles and doubles fields all continue to narrow and the top players will faceoff at the historic All England Club for their chance at Olympic Gold and Country Pride.
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