Originally Posted by Deathless Mortal
Yes, but that's 2 hours of constant, exhausting running. 6 hours of a tennis match is a lot less hours of tennis. Plus you even get a chance to get some rest and recuperate after every 2 games, and some players (
) take a lot of time between the points to get more energy.
I have watched marathons, watched tennis matches, ran longer tracks (not a marathon though) and played some tennis. I'm into swimming as well. You may be right generally, but if we talk about that particular match it was more exhausting and demanding then any marathon, imo. when you run, you set your own pace and breathing, you can also drink water and refresh, you can clear your mind, only thing to think about is how to preserve and distribute energy. In top tennis game you must do the same but beside that you are constantly on alert, you have a real opponent in front of you, your concentration must be high throughout the match, you have to anticipate a lot and you move in 3D, your shoulders and joints are under much more strain. You can prepare for that but not in the way you can prepare to run marathon. That thing we saw was harder than a marathon, but that's just my opinion. Anyway, in order to really compare things we should translate them into something comparable first.