Comment | Should Wimbledon Change The Fifth Set?

Nobody gains when a final set takes almost three hours

Plaque commemorating Isner-Mahut match at Wimbledon
The plaque at Wimbledon commemorating the longest match of all time | Bill Walsh

By Stephen Higgins | 14 July 2018

Both men's semi-finals went the distance at this year's Championships. Here's a question for you: is the distance too long?

Kevin Anderson's victory over John Isner took 6 hours and 36 minutes with 50 games in the final set. The second semi between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also went into overtime, with the Serb prevailing 10-8 in the deciding set.

Should Wimbledon change the format of deciding sets in the men's singles?

I wrote a full piece about this topic for Paddy Power News. Provided you’re over 18, you can read it right here.

Front page image of John Isner by Mirsasha.