Olympic tennis match a marathon

Tsonga
Tsonga
Posted: August 02, 2012

A BIT OF OLYMPIC history was made on the grass courts of Wimbledon's All-England Club Tuesday, when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated Milos Raonic of Canada, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23, in the second round.

Check out that last set — 25-23. The longest set ever in Olympic history and the longest in tennis since 2010 when fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut fell to John Isner 70-68 in the fifth set of first-round Wimbledon play.

The Tsonga-Raonic match lasted 3 hours, 57 minutes. During that time, Serbia's Novak Djokovic made light work of American Andy Roddick, needing just 59 minutes to defeat Roddick, 6-2, 6-1.

Russia's Maria Sharapova began her match with Great Britain youngster Laura Robson, during the second set of the Tsonga-Raonic match and won before it was over.

Here are some other things that happened or could have happened in that span:

The U.S. women's soccer team started its final group match against North Korea about half an hour after, and were in the 79th minute when Tsonga-Raonic finished.

Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino could've been more than halfway to their new teams. On Tuesday, Pence was dealt to San Francisco while Victorino was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's roughly a 6-hour flight from Washington D.C. (where the Phillies were Tuesday) to both destinations, according to Southwest.com.

The best part? Tsonga was scheduled to play in a doubles match later that afternoon.

Needless to say, it was postponed.

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