John Isner and Riley Opelka played a 46-point tie-break, the longest in ATP Tour history. Opelka won the semi-finals of the tournament, which is being held in Dallas, at 7-6 (7) and 7-6 (22) To reach the decisive confrontation.
“In the longest break in a tour-level match since the stats began on the ATP Tour in 1990, Opelka won 24-22. To beat his compatriot in the semi-finals of the Dallas Open. On his eighth game point, Opelka’s little break came after 10 points saved the set,” the ATP website reported for giving credit for this historic fact.
Isner was already another brand champion when he was a part of The longest match ever against France’s Nicolas Mahout In the first round of Wimbledon in 2010. Both fought For 11 hours and five minutes in three days before Isner got his fifth set 70-68.
This astounding statistical data wasn’t the only one that’s garnered attention since then Between the two they distributed a total of 60 aces. Isner measures 2.08 meters, is 36 years old and takes 26th place in the ATP rating: He added 21 points thanks to his service. Opelka, meanwhile, is another giant on the track with 2.11 meters which allowed him to sign 39 aces.
“I lost count. At one point we were 21 the same. It’s something I’ve never seen before, but if it were to happen, it would definitely be in this match.”the 24-year-old winner is recognized and is ranked 23rd in the world.
The match lasted two hours and three minutes, but it included one detail: None of them went through a break point in their 26 matches until the first and second set-breaks.
Another detail that stood out was that this was The fifth meeting between the two In a record dominated by Opelka with four wins to one for Isner. Except for the first meeting in 2016 (6-7, 6-4 and 6-2 for Isner), the remaining four matches had to host playoffs in total. .
Signs of an Opelka victory? 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4) and 7-6 (5) in 2019 Australian Open; 6-7 (8), 7-6 (14) and 7-6 (4) in 2019 New York ATP; and 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5) and 7-6 (5) in 2019 Atlanta ATP.
“They’ve played 12 straight sets of a tiebreak in the heads-up series. There have been no breaks in the last 98 matches.Detailed ATP.
The North American competition will have a local winner since the final match Riley vs. Countryman Jenson Broxby (21 years and 54 years old, respectively). This will be the second final for Broxby, who has not scored any titles. However, Opelka already celebrated two titles between 2019 and 2020, despite defeating his last final – Canadian Masters 1000 –.
This semi-final match in Dallas went down in history at the ATP level, although it should be noted that in the ITF circuit The longest tiebreak with the 2013 duel between Guillaume Couillard and Benjamin Ballet ends 36-34 In a future in Plantation, Florida (USA).
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