Record alert, record alert !!!!
Evgeni Korolev was 5-2 *40-15 up in the 2nd set. Then it was 5-2 Ad-40 twice. Makes four. Then he was *3-5 30-40 up and had one or two more advantages. At 5-4 he had *Ad-40 three or four times. Right now it is 6-3 *5-6 for Korolev (if the SB is not wrong, as livescore tickers already have it as 6-3 6-3)
Damn, Korolev won 6-3 7-6(4). He converted his 13th (!!!!!) matchpoint.
Poor Fena, he could win this tie-break and third set 6-0 to set a new record
Every site on the web that has a mention of this match - and there are lots of them - has Gonzo saving 10 MPs to get to the TB.
A few questions:
What is the greatest number of match points saved without, eventually, saving the match?
Excluding that amazing 1930 DC match that was mentioned before, the most I can think of is Kuerten winning the 2000 RG on the 11th match point (all in the 4th set, of course).
What is the record for set points saved?
That match from RG final 2000 is the strongest case which I know. I've never heard that someone lost a match after saving 11 match points.
2) I know only matches with saving 8 set points. I suppose the record may comes from the longest tie-break in doubles (26:24). On the assumption that both duos have been winning own services in that tie-break alternately, the pair who eventually won the match, could have saved 10 set points - but it's only hypothesis.
Update with "new information":
1) Korolev-F.Gonzalez (Las Vegas 2008) is now tied with Kuerten-Norman (RG 2000 F) with the winner converting his 11th match point.
2) Lendl-Nystrom (RG 1987 4R)
- Lendl wasted 11 set points in the 3rd set, nine on his serve at 5-3 and two more in the next game; won the match in five sets the next day after play was suspended due to darkness.