WIMBLEDON – In the second longest match in Wimbledon history, Croatian Marin Cilic, the 16th seed defeated unseeded American Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 17-15 to move into the round of 16.
“Was mentally not easy, especially in that fifth set,” Cilic said. “I was serving for the match after that long of a match. I felt I had a lot of chances in that third, fourth, and fifth set always close, close to him and on his serves, but never really finding the one point that could really make a difference.
“So it was especially difficult in the end to always stay focused and concentrated to do what you need to do, especially when playing that long not to miss some easy balls on your serve.
“With that, the wind a little bit, it was wind was swirling around all the time, so that also made it a bit difficult.”
“It is the longest one(match), Cilic said of the five-and-a-half hour victory. â€œI mean, we didn’t have too many rallies that were physically tough. It was a lot of serving and one or two shots. It’s more of walking in the match for that long.
“I played this year also five hours and ten minutes with Nalbandian on clay in Argentina in Davis Cup, so that was really difficult physically.
I would say this was more mentally tough to stay in there and to cope with all the things that are coming.”
“A little tired, but it was a good match,” said Querrey. “It was a fun match. I had my chances, but (he) kind of came through at the end.”
The record for the longest match is over 11 hours back in 2010 when John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set.