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US Open Longest Tennis Matches

There are several occasions is US Open when tennis fans had to wait for hours to see the winner of match. The longest tennis match in US Open was played ever in 1992 championship when Stefan Edberg took 5 hours and 26 minutes to beat Michael Chang. This longest US Open tennis match is measured in terms of time whereas on the basis of most games, in 1966 and 1967 (before tiebreaker introduction) the matches went to 105 games in both years.

In 1966, Marcello Lara and Joaquin Loyo-Mayo pair defeated Manuel Santana and Luis-Augusto Garcia pair after playing 105 games whereas in 1967, Cliff Drysdale and Ray Moore pair beat Roy Emerson and Ron Barnes pair in 105 games.

Longest Singles finals match was played between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in which British player Murray defeated Djokovic to win US Open 2012 championship. The match went to play for 4 hours and 54 minutes. Before this occasion Mats Wilander took 4 hours and 54 minutes to beat Ivan Lendl in 1988 US Open championship.

US Open Longest Tennis Matches.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray with 2012 US Open trophies

Let’s have a look at the complete list of longest tennis matches in US Open.

US Open Longest Matches

US Open Men’s Longest Matches

Year Time/Games    

Longest Match on the basis of Time

1992 5 hours and 26 minutes Stefan Edberg 63 7 77 5 6
Michael Chang 77 5 63 7 4

Longest Match on the basis of number of games (using tiebreaker scoring)

1979 63 games John Lloyd 5 6 7 7 7
Paul McNamee 7 7 5 6 6

Longest Match on the basis of number of games (before tiebreaker introduction)

1966 105 games Marcello Lara, Joaquin Loyo-Mayo 10 24 11 3 6
Manuel Santana, Luis-Augusto Garcia 12 22 9 6 2
1967 105 games Cliff Drysdale, Ray Moore 29 8 3 8 6
Roy Emerson, Ron Barnes 31 6 6 6 2

Longest Singles Final Match on the basis of Time

1988 4 hours and 54 minutes Mats Wilander 6 4 6 5 6
Ivan Lendl 4 6 3 7 4
2012 4 hours and 54 minutes Andy Murray 712 7 2 3 6
Novak Djokovic 610 5 6 6 2

Longest Singles Final Match on the basis of number of games (before tiebreaker introduction)

1949 67 games Pancho Gonzales 16 2 6 6 6
Ted Schroeder 18 6 1 2 4

US Open Women’s Longest Matches

In women’s US Open, the longest match on the basis of time played in 211 when Samantha Stosur took 3 hours and 16 minutes to beat Nadia Petrova.

Most number of games in a women’s US Open championship were played in 1898 when Juliette Atkinson defeated Marion Jones after competing in 51 games.

Year Time/Games            

Longest Match on the basis of time

2011 3 hours and 16 minutes Samantha Stosur 77 65 7
Nadia Petrova 65 77 5

Longest Match on the basis of number of games (before tiebreaker introduction)

1898 51 games Juliette Atkinson 6 5 6 2 7
Marion Jones 3 7 4 6 5

Longest Doubles Final Match by number of games (before tiebreaker introduction)

1920 43 games Eleanor Goss, Marion Zinderstein 13 4 6
Helen Baker, Eleanor “Teach” Tennant 11 6 3

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