No. 12 Tommy Haas squandered 12 match points, but lucky No. 13 toppled John Isner for a 7-5, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (10), 10-8 win in the third round of the French Open on Saturday. Here are key stats after the marathon match:
9: Match points saved by Isner in the 12th game of the fourth set.
3: Match points saved by Isner in the fourth-set tiebreaker, which he won 12-10.
4 hours, 37 minutes: The length of the match.
4 hours, 13 minutes: The total amount of time Roger Federer has spent on court through three matches.
9 hours, 27 minutes: The amount of time Isner spent on court over the last 36 hours, as he needed 3 hours, 50 minutes to beat Ryan Harrison 5-7, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1, 8-6 on Friday. That’s not so far off from the 11 hours, five minutes he spent over three days to defeat Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 in the longest tennis match in history.
121: Games Isner has played in the last two days.
177: Combined winners hit by Isner (92) and Haas (85).
27: Aces served by Isner.
1: Double fault by Haas on match point. It came on his 11th match point.
1: Match point for Isner. Haas saved it after a 12-stroke rally.
23: Break-point chances for Haas. He converted only three.
0: Number of times Isner sat down during the final changeover. Exhausted and concerned about cramping, he chose to stand.
2007: The last time a player has won back-to-back five-set matches from two sets to love down at the French Open. The lucky man was Jonas Bjorkman, who beat Peter Luczak 6-7(4), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round and Ivo Karlovic 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the second round.
5: Straight Slams in which Isner has lost a five-set match.
5 hours, 41 minutes: The length of Isner’s last loss at Roland Garros, to Paul Henri Mathieu, 7-6(2), 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 16-18, in the second round last year. That stands as the second-longest match in French Open history.
3: Straight years Isner has lost in five sets at the French Open.
5-12: Isner’s career record in five-set matches.
35: Haas’ age. He’s the first 35-year-old to reach the fourth round of the French Open since Bjorkman in 2007.
1997: The year Haas played his first five-set match, a 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 1-6 loss to Marcelo Rios in the third round of the U.S. Open.
2008: The year Isner played his first five-set match, a 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 4-6 loss to Juan Ignacio Chela in the first round of the French Open.
Not much more to say. A couple of tennis warriors. Well done to Tommy & John. Special performances for different reasons. Pleasure to watch.—
Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) June 01, 2013
2009: The last time Haas made the fourth round of the French Open. He’ll play Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round for a spot in the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in his 17-year career.