The Story Of The Olympics' 48-Game Tennis Set
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic played the longest tennis set in Olympic history earlier today. It was really, really long.
This is Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Canadian Milos Raonic. At the time of this picture, it's 6:30 am EST. They're about to start playing tennis.
How long did it take Djokovic to beat Andy Roddick? 54 minutes? OK, cool, this shouldn't take long.
Sure enough, Tsonga wins the first set in a brisk 30 minutes. He's happy, this woman's happy, everyone's happy.
Not so fast. Raonic takes the second set, though it's even quicker than the first, at 27 minutes.
Raonic is known for his powerful serve, which, on the set point shown here, is too much for Tsonga to even get to. The match is now tied one set to one; at this stage of the Olympics tournament, it's best two out of three games, so everything comes down to the third set. Tsonga, the world's #6-ranked player, and Raonic, #23, both won their respective sets 6-3.