Top 3 longest men’s US Open matches
The US Open has seen its fair share of epics through its history. With 2021 tossing up so many more, here’s a look at the top marathons over the years.
Crowds in New York are more than happy to stay up into the early morning hours to see some amazing encounters under the lights.
Here, Tennishead looks at the top three longest men’s singles matches at the US Slam in the Open Era.
#3 – Albert Ramos-Vinolas defeats Denis Istomin – 4 hours, 55 minutes
During the 2017 tournament, Ramos-Vinolas of Spain came up against Istomin of Uzbekistan in the first round.
Istomin had earlier in the year pulled off a huge upset by defeating Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open, but he was not so lucky in New York.
The two men battled for the second time in their careers, playing out a 47 minute set to open proceedings, with Istomin gaining the upper hand.
From there every set was on or over an hour long, including tiebreaks in the second and fourth, secured by Istomin then Ramos Vinolas respectively.
Come the final set, both held serve until 5-5, when the two played out a game with 25 points, as Ramos Vinolas pulled off the break at the seventh time of asking in the game.
The Spaniard then held serve, requiring just a single match point to end the fight after nearly five hours on-court.
#2 – Paolo Lorenzi defeats Gilles Simon – 4 hours, 58 minutes
Two veterans of the ATP tour met in the second round of the 2016 US Open to decide who would face 2012 champion Andy Murray in the third round.
30th seeded Frenchman Simon gained the upper hand by claiming the opening set 6-3, before Lorenzi roared back to claim the second and third by a scoreline of 6-2 both times.
Into the fourth set, both men wavered on their serve, exchanging eight breaks of serve to bring up a tiebreak.
It was a lopsided run of points, as Simon claimed it 7-1 to set up a decider. The final set saw just a pair of breaks exchanged this time, before another tiebreak was required to settle the battle.
Lorenzi stepped up at 6-3 with a shot at ending the contest, and did so to book his place in the third round with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-3) win.
#1 – Stefan Edberg defeats Michael Chang – 5 hours, 26 minutes
Not only was this epic from 1992 the longest match ever played at the US Open, but it was a semi-final encounter between the Edberg, the Swedish number two seed, and Chang, the fourth seeded American.
Chang was hoping to make his third Grand Slam final and secure a second slam title, while Edberg was the defending US Open champion and was gunning for a sixth Slam title overall.
Chang claimed the opener in a tiebreak, before Edberg turned the tie around in his favour by securing the second and third.
Chang tied it up to force a decider as the home crowd backed their man. But the experience of Edberg was too much for the young Chang, as he came out the victor 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-4.
The Swede would go on to defeat Pete Sampras in the final to lift his sixth and last Slam trophy.
Honourable Mention – Andy Murray defeats Novak Djokovic – 4 hours, 54 minutes
While just shy of being among the top three longest matches ever at the US Open, the 2012 final is the longest championship match at the tournament in the Open Era.
In his quest for a first Slam title, British star Andy Murray took a two sets to love lead over the Serb, 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, but the fight was far from over.
Djokovic battled back to take it to a decider, making sure that if Murray was to win a maiden Major he would have to do it the hard way.
Murray hung tough to stave off the fightback from the world number two to lift his first of three Slam titles to date.
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