Alexander Zverev and Jenson Brooksby break the record for the latest EVER finish to a professional tennis match – with their Mexican Open clash finishing at 4.55AM!
- Alexander Zverev beat Jenson Brooksby 3-6 7-6 6-2 in 3 hours 19 minutes
- Having started a 1.30am, the pair did not finish until 4.55am at Mexican Open
- They beat Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis’s record of finishing at 4.34am
Alexander Zverev and Jenson Brooksby created history in Acapulco as their overnight tussle at the Mexican Open became the latest ever finish to a professional match, ending shortly before 5am local time.
The German second seed claimed a 3-6 7-6 (10) 6-2 victory in the best part of three and half hours, eclipsing the 2008 Australian Open match between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis, which finished at 4.34am.
A late conclusion was always on the cards as the match did not start until 1.30am but, when Amercian Brooksby won the first set in 43 minutes, bedtime appeared relatively close.
Zverev and Brooksby made history in their Mexico ATP Open 500 men’s singles tennis match
However, it was a 111-minute second set that did the damage, with Zverev saving two match points in a mammoth tie-break before sending it to a decider.
Momentum swung in his favour and he secured two breaks in the third set to wrap up victory at 4.55am – just over two hours before sunrise.
The finished their game in the Arena GNP at 4.55am – just over two hours before sunrise
Zverev beat Jenson Brooksby of the United States (above) 3-6 7-6 6-2 in 3 hours 19 minutes
Zverev will now take on Peter Gojowczyk, after the World No. 95 defeated Brandon Nakashima 6-4, 6-4.
Monday night also saw Pablo Carreno Busta beat Oscar Otte 6-2, 6-4 on his Acapulco debut.
Carreno Busta saved three break points and converted three of his own to emerge victorious. He will now face either John Millman or Marcos Giron.