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Hewitt - Baghdatis - LATE STARTS/FINISHES IN TENNIS

Anyone have any stats on late starts/finishes in tennis?

It was incorrectly reported on ESPN2 that the start of the Lleyton Hewitt – Marcos Baghdatis match was the latest ever start at a major championship (ball up was 11:47 pm local time). There was a post-midnight start at the US Open back in 1987 when Gabriela Sabatini and Bev Bowes started their first round match just after midnight, following the four-hour plus epic between Boris Becker and Tim Wilkison (Becker winning 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2). Sabatini won the match 6-3, 6-3 in a match concluded at 1:30 am. Asked in the post-match press conference if she felt worried starting her match just after midnight, Sabatini said, "I wasn't worried when I saw Beverly sleeping in the players' lounge."

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The latest finish at a major championship was at the 2007 Australian Open, when Italy’s Andreas Seppi defeated American Bobby Reynolds 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 at 3:34 am (play delayed during the day due to excessive heat, causing for the match to start at 11:45 pm local time). Said Bobby Reynolds, a former Vanderbilt University standout, of the match, ''It felt like one of those late-nighters you have in college when you've got a paper to write and you need to drink a couple Cokes and get it done.'' Wrote Chris Clarey of The New York Times of the match, “Though tennis matches have certainly finished at that hour or later in some all-night, full-moon strain of the recreational game, there is no record of one having finished that late in a Grand Slam event or, for that matter, a regular tour event….The latest match at the United States Open was Mats Wilander's victory against his fellow Swede Mikael Pernfors in the second round in 1993. That finished at 2:26 a.m., which still made the Swedes look like early birds in comparison.”

In that post-match press conference back in Flushing Meadows in 1993, Wilander was asked if he had ever played so late. Wilander dead-panned, “Played what?”

In 2002 at the US Open, Younes El Aynaoui and Wayne Ferreira finished a round of 16 men’s match on Court No. 4 at 2:14 am – the Moroccan winning 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the second-latest finish at the US Open. Back in my USTA days, when I presented Younes with the information that he and Wayne were 13 minutes shy of US Open history, Younes laughed and said that he and Wayne should have agreed to go five sets to break the record.
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Its 2 am right now.

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What about Tokyo last year? One of the matches finished close to 4 AM if I remember correctly.

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What about Tokyo last year? One of the matches finished close to 4 AM if I remember correctly.
I think that was Novak vs. Becker, I think.

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I seem to remember Coria-Nalbandian at the AO 2005 starting and finishing very late. The stands were almost empty and it was after Hewitt's 5-set win over Nadal. But I'm not sure exactly when it finished.
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I think that was Novak vs. Becker, I think.
Tokyo 2007

R64: Becker def. Suzuki 7-5 3-6 6-4 (it could've been this but I can't find the thread)
R32: Becker l. Karlovic 4-6 3-6

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Tokyo 2007

R64: Becker def. Suzuki 7-5 3-6 6-4 (it could've been this but I can't find the thread)
R32: Becker l. Karlovic 4-6 3-6
I believe it is Tokyo 2006, Novak vs. Becker.

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From the Olympics 2004 –

Massu, who won the doubles gold medal with teammate Fernando Gonzalez in a four-hour and 43-minute final-round match that concluded at 2:51 am early Sunday morning, becomes the first player to win both Olympic gold medals in men’s singles and doubles since Vincent Richards at the 1924 Olympic Games.


I can't find that Tokyo match on google....
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From ATP news archive:

http://www.atptennis.com/en/news/200...o_thursday.asp

Benjamin Becker and Jiri Novak took the court for the last match of the Day 4 schedule and Becker emerged a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4) winner at 3.24 a.m after having saved one match point while serving at 5-6 in the third set. It is the latest finish to a singles match in ATP history.

The story was written in Oct 2006, but I don't remember any match after this renewing the record.
I was at the event that day but gave up in the middle of Lee vs Dima, which preceded Novak vs Becker, to catch the last train.

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Benjamin Becker and Jiri Novak took the court for the last match of the Day 4 schedule and Becker emerged a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4) winner at 3.24 a.m after having saved one match point while serving at 5-6 in the third set. It is the latest finish to a singles match in ATP history.
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bunny, you beat me to it, I just found it on Wikipedia

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Reynolds - Seppi at 07 Oz 3:34 am (from previous post)
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Marcos went to sleep early in this match
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Now, it's 3 am and 3/1 for hewitt in fourth set.
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