Tennis is used to giving us real marathons, but what happened in the first round Savannah Challenger it goes beyond. In a best-of-three-set match Calvin Hemery and Alexis Galarneau They put up a stunning fight, with the Frenchman triumphing at 4h21!
Hemery, No. 375 in the ATP rankings, won by partials 6-7(8) 7-6(4) 7-6(4) in a duel that saw 29 break points shared between the two players. 299 points were fought for, with the Frenchman narrowly prevailing in a match longer than, say, Rafael Nadal’s win over Novak Djokovic in Madrid in 2009, in 4 hours and three minutes. However, there is at least one match on the ITF tour longer than this in straight sets. It lasted 4h41 in the quarterfinals in Cancún, with Gilles Hussey defeating Constantin Kouzmine 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4).