Thursday, 4 July, 2002, 21:29 GMT 22:29 UK
Long-playing record finally smashed
R Henry bt C Morel 7-5 6-7 26-24
A young tennis player displayed typical Aussie guts to win a five-set marathon on men's quarter-final day at Wimbledon - and no, we're not talking Lleyton Hewitt here.
Ryan Henry broke the record for the longest ever final set in a singles match at the All England Club when he finally prevailed 26-24 in the decider against Clement Morel of France in the second round of the junior event.
The 17-year-old ground out a 7-5 6-7 26-24 win and his reward was a third round tie against Slovenian Luka Gregorc - which he had to play a couple of hours later.
Not surprisingly, the shattered youngster was beaten although he did manage to take the match to three sets, meaning he played 101 games in the course of the day.
Henry's marathon second round match had begun on Tuesday but rain meant that it was Thursday afternoon before the players could get back on court, with the score at 4-3 in the second set.
The 26-24 scoreline was four games more than the previous highest for a single set.
That had been set when Italy's Nicola Pietrangeli beat Yugoslavia's Niki Pilic in 1962 and equalled when Pancho Gonzales overcame fellow American Charlie Pasarell in their longest-ever Wimbledon match in 1969.
Ryan's parents were pretty chuffed to have a Wimbledon record-breaker in the family.
"We are absolutely thrilled," said his dad John.
But that sentiment was not shared by all spectators on Court 15.
"Stop the agony!" one spectator had yelled out during the epic final set.
Jul 5th, 2002, 06:50 AM
Perhaps this particular match could convince Wimbledon it needs to consider using the tiebreaker at least for Junior matches.