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Hewitt - Baghdatis - LATE STARTS/FINISHES IN TENNIS

Tennistunes
01-19-2008, 02:59 PM
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."

Look for all of this to be documented in the new BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS book (www.newchapterpressmedia.com)

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.

Kolya
01-19-2008, 03:02 PM
Its 2 am right now.

tennisgal_001
01-19-2008, 03:03 PM
What about Tokyo last year? One of the matches finished close to 4 AM if I remember correctly.

Kolya
01-19-2008, 03:05 PM
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.

Jimnik
01-19-2008, 03:11 PM
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.

tennisgal_001
01-19-2008, 03:17 PM
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

Kolya
01-19-2008, 03:21 PM
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.

Tennistunes
01-19-2008, 03:24 PM
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....

*bunny*
01-19-2008, 03:51 PM
From ATP news archive:

http://www.atptennis.com/en/news/2006/tokyo_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.

Tennistunes
01-19-2008, 03:55 PM
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.

tennisgal_001
01-19-2008, 03:56 PM
bunny, you beat me to it, I just found it on Wikipedia :lol:

Tennistunes
01-19-2008, 03:56 PM
Reynolds - Seppi at 07 Oz 3:34 am (from previous post)

jackieglover
01-19-2008, 03:58 PM
Marcos went to sleep early in this match

Kurata
01-19-2008, 04:00 PM
Now, it's 3 am and 3/1 for hewitt in fourth set.

*bunny*
01-19-2008, 04:02 PM
bunny, you beat me to it, I just found it on Wikipedia :lol:
:lol: :wavey:

Tennistunes
01-19-2008, 04:18 PM
can they hang in there and get to past the 3:24 mark to become second longest or even to break the record?

MisterQ
01-19-2008, 04:23 PM
can they hang in there and get to past the 3:24 mark to become second longest or even to break the record?

They just might...!

luzkoz
01-19-2008, 04:26 PM
Marcos just leveled the match...we could well be in for a long one...:worship:

Jimnik
01-19-2008, 04:27 PM
They just did. :)

Djokovic must be loving this. The winner will be both tired and jetlagged.

Kurata
01-19-2008, 04:29 PM
Maybe Djoko is watching the match.

Stensland
01-19-2008, 04:30 PM
great stuff. i was supposed to get loads of things done today but just didn't get to them just yet. :D

LeChuck
01-19-2008, 04:36 PM
It's now after 3:35am. A new late finish record has been broken, pushing the Seppi-Reynolds 2007 Aussie Open 1st round match to 2nd place :)

L James
01-19-2008, 04:38 PM
If Baggy takes this set, we could go to 5am :eek:

luzkoz
01-19-2008, 04:39 PM
I hope Baghdatis can take the 4th set TB so we'll have a 5th set...:cool:

Stensland
01-19-2008, 04:45 PM
come on!!!!

l_mac
01-19-2008, 04:46 PM
5th set it is :lol:

Sharad1982
01-19-2008, 04:46 PM
ALLEZ! 5th set!

luzkoz
01-19-2008, 04:47 PM
I hope Baghdatis can take the 4th set TB so we'll have a 5th set...:cool:

Baggy just did it. F*cking unreal...:worship:

Kurata
01-19-2008, 04:47 PM
2/2 now finish the night dance Marcos.

spriwi
01-19-2008, 04:47 PM
amazing... wonder what the organizers were thinking...

Rogieva
01-19-2008, 04:49 PM
Amazing. This is why I love tennis.

MisterQ
01-19-2008, 04:51 PM
wow :lol:

Shanna
01-19-2008, 04:51 PM
maybe they can keep going until the matches of sunday have to start. :lol:

7.2%
01-19-2008, 04:52 PM
Can't believe this. Go Baggy!!! :eek:

Suddenly Stolle sounds tired... :p

Mane
01-19-2008, 05:23 PM
17 hours of tennis.

richie21
01-19-2008, 05:23 PM
Poor Marcos and Leyton :sad:

Adler
01-19-2008, 05:26 PM
Poor Marcos especially, cause he'll have 2 5-setters in his legs if he advances, and there's fresh Djokovic waiting. Winning this match simply doesn't pay off :haha:

*snowflake*
01-19-2008, 05:28 PM
It's 4:30am in Melbourne, right? Ohh my...

Adler
01-19-2008, 05:29 PM
Some people in Australia might have just started getting ready to work

dijus
01-19-2008, 05:31 PM
yeah, that's quiet late in Australia, should be the lastest finished match in history

but let u all remind Becker vs Novak in Tokyo 2006. they finished quiet late as well :p
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=87515&highlight=Novak+%2B+Becker

KoOlMaNsEaN
01-19-2008, 05:33 PM
Just too long. Matches need to be stopped at a certain point, this has gone long enough