BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Leonardo Mayer defeated Joao Souza in the longest Davis Cup singles match ever, winning 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 5-7, 15-13 to keep Argentina’s hopes alive against Brazil in their first round series on Sunday.
Mayer needed 6 hours, 42 minutes to beat Souza, which is also longer than the record for a clay-court match on the ATP tour. It leveled the best-of-five series at 2-2.
The previous longest singles Davis Cup match had been John McEnroe’s win over Mats Wilander in 1982, which lasted 6 hours, 22 minutes. Since the tiebreaker era, the longest singles match was Horst Skoff’s win over Wilander in 6 hours, 4 minutes in 1989.
The ATP record on clay was Fabrice Santoro’s win over Arnaud Clement in 6 hours, 33 minutes at the 2004 French Open.
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