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Anyone see this?

Wowzers!
Del Potro is playing a HELL of a game against Federer. I'm slightly hopeful he might make it.
And of course it's already up on youtube. Federer telling the chair umpire he doesn't give a shit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsIxPENjP4g
I sorta had a feeling about this, but then I lost it completely after Fed got up... but Federer is not actually supernatural, and del Potro has been playing well.
Amazing game. Good for Del Potro, has been really upping his game lately.
It's been a while, but I had to mention the longest match in history, currently underway at Wimbledon. 36-35 in the 5th set. Unreal.
This match is pretty phenomenal.
I can't tell if this is a great match or a match between two guys with big serves and no other skills. Still, 42-41? My God.
They're definitely not moving like they would, but they're still playing quality tennis. You'd think somebody would have mishit a couple shots in a row, lost their nerve, and dropped a service game. They're staying remarkably consistent.
Ok, so now we're guaranteed at least 100 games in the fifth set.
ESPN switched to World Cup; Is it playing on another channel?
I am watching it on ESPN 3 online.

BTW, triple digit number of games in this set. No match has ever had that many. (I think)
Still? I just checked at 37/37. seems the sets i watch is all 40-0 then a win. Seems like these guys are waiting for the other to make a mistake and resting when not serving.
Isner just fought off two break points to win his service game.
HOLY SCHNICKES!

On the match and on the fact that there is an ESPN3 where I can watch sports online.
Isner is really laboring, but finding a way to hit big serves every time he needs them. Amazing. Mahut feels like the guy who deserves this slightly more, though.
Being show on ESPNU now.
That last point was good but Isner has gotten a few shit calls since I began watching at 50-50.
The only really bad thing about this is that baseline tennis sucks absolute balls.

This shit wouldn't go down with a few serve and volleys. And if it did THAT would be an epic match.

My eight year has begun to show a knack for the game and I'll be damned if I am not up the ass of the pro giving him lessons telling him to round the kid out.
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That last point was good but Isner has gotten a few shit calls since I began watching at 50-50.

It's a Malawi referee.
They probably just went to the bathroom to measure dicks. Whoever was longer gets the next two games.
Mahut=SHOWOFF!

Awesome.
It's gotta end quick on day three when they are both rested and will take chances. Reminds me of The Iowa Baseball Confederacy.
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It's gotta end quick on day three when they are both rested and will take chances. Reminds me of The Iowa Baseball Confederacy.

I'm wondering how long they are going to give them to rest before shuttling the winner off to the second round.

That being said even if I won I would withdraw. Damn these guys. If I was them that on court interview shit that was going down at the play stoppage would have received a middle finger as I headed for the ice bath.
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The fifth set alone has taken more time than any completed match in the history of Open Era tennis, at seven hours and five minutes long.

Amazing.

Has it been announced when they will start playing tomorrow? I can't find it at ESPN.
The match will not resume before 7:30am PST tomorrow.

Hopefully Big John got a deluxe massage and can drum up the energy to get aggressive in one of Mahut's early service games tomorrow.

With this marathon match, Novak's 5-setter, and Rog's two heart attack-inducing early matches, this year's Wimbledon is already shaping up to be a very memorable slam.
60-59
Mahut got it to deuce but Isner served up another ace when he needed to.
Previous aces record- 78

So far this match- Isner 101, Mahut- 99
70-68.

Feel really bad for Mahut.

Wimbledon is going special award for the players. Classy.
I had a chance to watch the last game and walked away from it. Shit.

Weird that I couldn't get ESPN Tres to work on my home computer. Apparently my home ISP isn't a contracted entity that allows streaming sports. My work ISP however is.
Hell of a match tonight. Reminded me of that US Open final between Fed and Roddick where the score seemed lopsided but the level was so close to even.

Because of Nadal's success against Federer, it appears people are ready to crown him as the best of all time, but I think he needs to at least approach whatever the record ends up being to stake that claim. I would say he needs at least 14. Barring injury I don't see any way he doesn't get at least 4 more. And that's if he falls off a cliff after his peak runs out.
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Because of Nadal's success against Federer, it appears people are ready to crown him as the best of all time, but I think he needs to at least approach whatever the record ends up being to stake that claim. I would say he needs at least 14. Barring injury I don't see any way he doesn't get at least 4 more. And that's if he falls off a cliff after his peak runs out.

The concern on Nadal has always been that because of his style of play the wear on his knees might cut his career short. And that still might happen. Regardless, I'll be very surprised if he can age as comfortably as Federer has...I would imagine that, even at 24, he's closer to the end than the beginning. But it's been a hell of a five years so far, so who knows?

Still, I agree that he can get close or surpass Federer's tally in the end. Also depends on if Djokovic, Murray, etc can press any harder.
His peak could conceivably be over at 26, it's happened before. But he has eased back his schedule a bit, and that would be the earliest I could see him losing anything. If he has to take significant time off due to injury, and that injury is not catastrophic, it could actually help recharge his batteries and extend his prime years, (if not the number of slams he contends in.)

Incredible first 3 sets, but Nadal was too much in the end. My heart says Fed's the greatest ever, but Nadal states his case louder and louder with each Grand Slam.

Nadal and Djokovic have a doozy going down under. About to hit the five hour mark.

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