Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro are fighting for a place in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, and we could be in store for another marathon match.Currently, Del Potro and Federer are trading games in the endless third set. Del Potro won the first set 6-3 and Federer won the second 7-6 after a lengthy tiebreaker.
Federer has never won a singles medal at the Olympics, though he did win a gold in the doubles event in Beijing.
The match just went past the three hour mark. We’ll keep you updated here.
Federer broke Del Potro’s serve at 9-9 and will serve for the match at 10-9.
Del Potro broke back immediately and Federer was unable to win a single point on serve.
Del Potro has quickly taken control of the match and is dictating nearly every point from the baseline. He held serve to make it 11-10, with Federer needing to hold serve to stay in the match.
Federer dominated his service game, though, and very quickly evened the score at 11-11. Del Potro then held serve without much trouble to make it 12-11. The record for the longest set in Olympic history, set by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic earlier this week, is still 25 games away.
Federer dropped the first two points of his service game but aced Del Potro at love-30 to ease the pressure. Two more quick points for Federer brought the score back to 12-12. Del Potro held to make it 13-12.
Federer lost the first point of his service game — but whenever he’s been down in a game, Federer has stepped up with his first serve. Four quick points in a row makes it 13-13.
Del Potro easily held serve to make it 14-13. The two players have now been on the court for more than 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Federer tied the match again after a service game win. Del Potro simply cannot handle Federer’s first serve, which has been unreturnable at times.
Federer won the first two points of Del Potro’s service game with drop shots which Del Potro could not chase down, and the Argentinian hit a forehand long to drop to love-40. Del Potro fought back to 40-40 behind some beautiful ground strokes, and won the next two points to make it 15-14.
Needing to hold serve to stay alive, Federer had a bit more trouble in his service game but came from behind and won the game with an overhand smash to make it 15-15.
The main difference between this marathon and Tsonga-Raonic is that both Del Potro and Federer are playing incredible back-and-forth tennis, while Tsonga and Raonic just seemed unable to break the other’s serve. Federer-Del Potro has now become the longest Olympic tennis match in history in terms of minutes on the court.
Del Potro’s spotty first serve got him in trouble in the 31st game of the set, but Federer was unable to take advantage of a 30-love lead. Federer sprayed a few consecutive backhands wide and Del Potro won the game to make it 16-15.
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Federer rolled through his service game to tie at 16-16. Del Potro, showing no signs of fatigue, held serve to take the lead at 17-16. Official time of the match so far: four hours, 16 minutes.
Federer aced Del Potro at 40-15 to even the match at 17-17.
Del Potro’s first serve lets him down again, and Federer wins three straight points to have triple break point. In the first, a Federer forehand clipped the tape and fell on his own side. In the second break point, Del Potro hit the net after a lengthy rally, giving Federer the break and a 18-17 lead.
Federer will now serve for the match. He won the first point, but dropped the next two (and the second was on a surprising double fault). Del Potro missed a crosscourt forehand to give Federer the point, 30-30. A deep Federer backhand was too much for Del Potro to control in the next point, and he blew a backhand long to drop to 40-30.
On match point, Federer spoiled two clear chances at hitting a winner, and botched a volley into the net to drop to deuce.
On the second match point, Federer finally vanquished Del Potro after one of Juan’s shots hit the net. In all, the two played a total of 58 games. Federer wins, 3-6-, 7-6, 19-17.
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