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Record Set At Mexican Open Between Alexander Zverev and Jenson Brooksby

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Record Set At Mexican Open Between Alexander Zverev and Jenson Brooksby

While you were sleeping last night, history was made on the tennis court.

Thanks to some bizarre scheduling at the Mexican Open, reigning champion Alexander Zverev and Jenson Brooksby played off in the latest ending to a tennis match in history, finishing at 4:56am.

The two were scheduled to begin play at 6pm but following two epic three-setters, Zverev and Brooksby didn't get on court until around 1:30am.

What they produced next can only be classed as an epic, with the German Zverev storming back from a set down and saving two match points in a remarkable 111-minute second set, which saw him win a 12-10 tiebreak.

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The former US Open finalist eventually claimed victory 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 in three hours and 20 minutes.

"Right now I'm happy I won," Zverev said after the match.

"I don't know how Jenson [Brooksby] feels, it must be difficult, but I'm happy to be a part of history. It was an incredible battle and an incredible match."

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"Today I didn't play my best, there's no doubt about it. But I didn't give up, I knew I wanted to do well here."

"I'm the defending champion and I want to give myself the best chance to win. I did well to survive today."

It was remarkable run of games during last night's fixture.

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In the first clash of the day, John Isner got the better of Fernando Verdasco in the longest match ever in Acapulco, clocking in at three hours and 13 minutes.

It didn't take long for that record to be broken though with Stefan Kozlov's underdog victory over Grigor Dimitrov taking three hours and 21 minutes.

The first-round match-up took the record for the latest ending to a men's singles match, just beating the Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis match-up at the 2008 Australian Open.

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That match lasted longer than last night's clash with Hewitt and Baghdatis staring play at 10pm and ending the epic five-setter at 4:33am, clocking in a match time of four hours and 45 minutes.

Featured Image Credit: First Sportz

Topics: Australia

Ryan Rosendale
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