July 6th, 2006
Wow...what a match... A five setter with 4 tie-breaks...!!!!
Leander Paes and Martin Damm on Wednesday moved into the semifinal of the Wimbledon men's doubles competition when they defeated Australian Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyet of Zimbabwe in a thrilling five-setter here. Seventh seeded Paes and Damm came from behind to win the match 7-6 (10/8) 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 against the fourth seeded combination.
But forget Paes' 5-setter match with 4 tie-breaks.. a more interesting match on the same day was the other mens doubles quater finals match which turned out to be the longest ever doubles match lasting 6 hours and 9 minute ... 5-7, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 23-21 ... (remember no tie-break in last deciding set at Wimbledon). Some records about the match from the above two links..
- 6 hours and 9 minutes of gruelling tennis to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, wrapping up a historic 5-7, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 23-21 victory over Simon Aspelin of Sweden and Todd Perry of Australia on Wednesday. The quarter-final match started Tuesday but was halted due to darkness with the fifth set tied 11-11. The final set lasted 3:13, longer than a typical doubles matches usually lasts.
- The previous longest doubles match at a Grand Slam tournament was 5:29 at the 1990 Australian Open when Pieter Aldrich and Danie Visser of South Africa beat Scott Davis and Robert Van't Hof of the United States in five sets, including 23-21 in the deciding set.
- The previous longest doubles match at Wimbledon was 5:05 in 1985 when Heinz Gunthardt of Switzerland and Balazs Taroczy of Hungary beat Paul Annacone of the U.S. of Christo Van Rensburg of South Africa in five sets - 24-22 in the fifth.
- The longest doubles match in tennis history was 6:20 in a 2002 Davis Cup semifinal between Argentina and Russia.
- The longest in singles was 6:31, a first-round five-setter at the 2004 French Open won by Fabrice Santoro over fellow Frenchman Arnaud Clement.
- Aspellin, Perry, Nestor and Knowles did not displace Gene Scott, Nikki Pilic, Cliff Ritchie and Torben Ulrich, who share the record for the most games -- 98 -- at Wimbledon after a 1966 marathon. Yesterday's match ran to 87 games. ...
And writing about tennis doubles... a quick note about the stars of mens doubles in the last 15+ years.. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde. The 'Woodies', as they were called, won a record 61 ATP doubles titles as a team, including 11 Grand Slam events and the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After Woodforde retired from the tour in 2000, Woodbridge established a partnership with Jonas Björkman, (who was overwhelmed completely today by Roger Federer in the men's singles semi-finals), which resulted in five Grand Slam event titles in four years. In all, Woodbridge won 16 and Woodforde won 12 men's Grand Slam doubles titles. (trivia: Woodbridge's first Grand Slam doubles final win was in 1989 with John McEnroe as his partner!)
Well.. the Woodies are back!
Six years after their sixth and final victory together on Centre Court, Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde – known affectionately as ‘The Woodies’ – returned to Wimbledon to play in the 35 & over invitation gentlemen’s doubles this week. The Woodies have six Wimbledon Championships together, including five in a row from 1993-1997, and then again in 2000, Woodforde’s retirement year. Woodbridge went on to win the Championship a further three times with Bjorkman, giving him the record for the winner of the most gentlemen’s doubles Wimbledon championships. Both Woodies have also been victorious in the mixed doubles – Woodforde in 1993 with one Martina Navratilova, and Woodbridge the following year with Helena Sukova.