Longest Three-Set-Match in the History of Olympics – Fed&DelPo

Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Del Potro after a 4 hours 26 minutes match. | Photo by ToledoBlade

In the semi-finals of the 2012 London Olympics, Roger Federer of Switzerland faced Juan Martin del Potro of Argentine, and this match was very, very suspending. The match lasted for 4 hours and 26 minutes, which is the longest three-set-match in all of the olympic matches. The match favored Roger Federer with game counts of 3-6, 7-6(5), and 19-17. The battle was equal on both sides, though Del Potro was just one step away from winning the semis. Federer was really amazing throughout the match, taking 24 service aces from Del Potro, while DelPo took 11. Federer also hit 64 winners while Del Potro hit 51. In this match, Federer hit a serve that was 203kph, which is quite rare to see from Federer these days. But the Argentine giant hit a serve that was 212kph as well. The serve is Del Potro’s greatest weapons, and it is very hard to return. Kei Nishikori(DelPo’s quarter finals opponent) suffered to return DelPo’s serve, which resulted in the loss of that match.

In the third set of the Federer vs Del Potro match, it was a competition to see who could break the opponent’s service game first. Both players faced some break points, but was not able to take that last point. The match continued for a while, and finally at 17-17, Federer broke Del Potro’s serve, and finished the match off with Federer’s service game.

Here is a  tweet that I found interesting/smart? at 15-15(game count).

Good Luck on Federer, who will be facing Great Britain’s number one, Andy Murray in the Gold Medal match.

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