3 Feb 2013

Long match in Davis Cup tie

12:40 pm on 3 February 2013

The Czech Republic and Switzerland played the longest ever Davis Cup tennis match when their doubles rubber lasted more than seven hours before the Czech's won 24-22 in the 5th set in Geneva.

Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol beat Swiss pair Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli to give the holders a 2-1 lead in their world group, first round match.

The encounter took seven hours two minutes, beating the previous record of six hours 22 minutes.

Sunday's marathon tussle eclipsed American John McEnroe's 9-7 6-2 15-17 3-6 8-6 win over Mats Wilander of Sweden in 1982 before tie-breaks were contested.

The doubles clash is also now the second longest match ever behind American John Isner's 11 hours five minutes first-round Wimbledon win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

World number six Berdych and Rosol needed 13 match points to close out the duel as Wawrinka and Chiudinelli, aided by the home support, clung on for dear life in the final set.