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Saturday 23 September 2017

Marathon: the longest ever sporting contests

Novak Djokovic yesterday beat Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open title in the longest ever grand slam final, which clocked in at five hours and 53 minutes. Here we look at some other marathon sporting tussles.

TENNIS

The longest match remains the epic played out between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon two years ago. Isner eventually prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7/9) 7-6 (7/3) 70-68.

CRICKET

The longest cricket match, a draw between South Africa and England, took place in Durban in 1939 and spanned 43 hours and 16 minutes, in which 1,981 runs were scored.

FOOTBALL

In 1979, Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday played five times in an FA Cup third-round tie. The Gunners finally prevailed 2-0.

SNOOKER

In 1985, Dennis Taylor beat Steve Davis on the final black of the 35th frame in one of the most famous World Championship finals after 14 hours and 50 minutes.

BASEBALL

The longest game in baseball took place between Pawtucket and Rochester in 1981. After 32 innings, play was suspended. It resumed two months later with Pawtucket finally winning.

CHESS

Anatoly Karpov and Gary Kasparov's 1984 World Chess Championship battle was postponed after a whopping five months of play because of fears for the players' health.

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