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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.

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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.


Finally, at 24 sets to 23, Tsonga gets the edge in an excellent rally. The third set lasted 180 minutes — more than three times the length of the first two sets combined.