Washington Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah won what the ATP Tour believed to be the longest tie breaker in its history on Wednesday to take their Washington Open first round match.
Cabal and Farah defeated US qualifiers Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe 7-6 (25/23), 6-3 in the historic hardcourt matchup.
I had a blast playing that breaker and luckily it went in our favor, Farah said.
And they rode the tie-breaker victory to taking the match as well.
That tie-breaker, it gave us a little bit of momentum, Cabal said.
While it was thought to be the ATP milestone, it fell just shy of the all-time record tie-breaker.
That came in the first round at Wimbledon in 1985 when Dane Michael Mortensen and Swede Jan Gunnarsson defeated Australian John Frawley and Paraguayan Victor Pecci 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (26/24).
But that did not dim the thrill for spectators who jammed the outer court as the drama unfolded.
It was a great match. It was a great atmosphere, Farah said. If you add both the scores, it`s like playing a whole set.