Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey both had to dig deep during their third round encounter that lasted 5 hours and 31 minutes, making it the second longest match in Wimbledon history.
It was the Croat Cilic, who had a lot more reasons to celebrate after beating the American in a five set battle 7-6 (6) 6-4 6-7 (2) 6-7 (3) 17-15.
Although this encounter did not even come close to the 11 hours and 5 minutes match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut from 2010, it was just as intense and kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.
After Cilic taking a two set lead, it looked like an early finish for him. However, Querrey wasn’t going to give up the fight and managed to find his way back to force a decider.
Mohamed Lahyani, the umpire of the encounter, couldn’t know that after the Isner-Mahut spectacle, this will be his second longest singles match here at the All England Club.
The American had a slight advantage, opening the fifth set with his serve. It didn’t seem to bother Cilic, who broke his opponent in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead just before failing to serve it out, allowing Querrey back into the match. Cilic, who was several times just two points from going out, kept his composure when it mattered the most. Taking Querrey’s serve in the 31st game of the set, he grabbed the opportunity and set up a last 16 encounter against the no.4 seed Murray.
Also through to the next round is American qualifier Brian Baker, who defeated Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3. It has been a dream year for Baker so far, who can be considered as one of the biggest comeback players of all times.
Baker will play German Philipp Kohlschreiber for a place in the quarterfinals.