Longest Olympic Doubles Match – 4 hours 21 minutes
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga just made a new record of the longest singles tennis match in Olympic history consisting a total of 3 hours and 57 minutes of game time. Well guess what? Thomas Berdych/Radek Stepnak vs Melo/Soares made a new doubles record with a total of 4 hours and 21 minutes, and 63 games played. The Thomas Berdych/Radek Stepnak vs Melo/Soares match also made a new record of the longest doubles third set match, which lasted 3 hours and 11 minutes. Unfortunately, the doubles match fell short for the olympic record of the longest set overall (including singles). The current holder of that record is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and you can find out more about his record here.
A total of 389 points were played in this doubles match, and out of the 389 points overall in the match, 283 points were played in the third set alone. Thomas Berdych and Radek Stepnak were defeated, 1-6, 6-4, 24-22. Melo and Soares of Brazil will be facing either the Paes/Vardhan Indian team or the Llodra/Tsonga French team in the quarter finals.
Good Luck to all of the tennis players!
ATP Staff. “Melo/Soares Break Two Olympic Doubles Records.” ATP World Tour. ATP World Tour, 01 Aug. 2012. Web. 01 Aug. 2012. <http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/07/31/London-Olympics-Wednesday-Doubles.aspx>.