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Saturday, 1 July, 2000, 21:47 GMT 22:47 UK
Philippoussis wins epic tie
(10) M Philippoussis (Aus) bt S Schalken (Hol) 4-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 20-18
Australian Mark Philippoussis, the number 10 seed, booked a last 16 meeting with Tim Henman but it took him more than five hours to do so.
The Australian finally progressed to the fourth round of Wimbledon after a 38-game fifth set against Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands.
It was the longest men's singles match in Wimbledon history and also in terms of time and games played, ever since tie-breaks were introduced back in 1971.
The defeated Dutchman felt that the match was always in the balance.
"It could have gone either way," said Schalken.
"You get more and more confident. You get the feeling 'He can't break me'. Unfortunately, he did."
"I couldn't believe he was hitting his second serve so hard, so precise, on the line. That's why he won."
The pair were inseparable in the fifth and final set with no breaks of serve until Philippoussis seized on an opportunity to flash a backhand past Schalken.
The 37th game was too much for the Dutchman as his serve finally weakened.
Philippoussis took the advantage and hit a stunning backhand to make the break.
The Australian then hit four service winners to book a match against Britain's Tim Henman in the only fourth-round match featuring two seeds.
Schalken was also involved in the longest match of last year's championship which he lost to American Jim Courier in the third round. That took four hours 25 minutes.
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