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Published: Wednesday, 8/1/2012

Tsonga sets record in marathon victory

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WIMBLEDON, England -- The longest set in Olympic history was played at Wimbledon on Tuesday when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated Milos Raonic of Canada 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round.

Tsonga leaped and roared when he won on his fourth match point with a drop volley. Raonic congratulated Tsonga with a smile at the net after the match, which lasted 3 hours, 57 minutes.

"This is the only way for me to write my name in history at the moment," Tsonga said, referring to the domination of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal at major tournaments.

"It's good for tennis and it's good for sports," he said.

The previous record in men's singles was 30 games in 2004 when Fernando Gonzalez defeated Taylor Dent in the third set, 16-14, to win the bronze medal. The third set of a women's doubles match in 1988 went to 20-18.



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