There were 16 women’s singles matches played on Day 4 of the 2017 US Open. Six of them required less time than the third set of the Court 10 marathon between American Shelby Rogers and Daria Gavrilova.
In the end – and it took a while to get there – Rogers won an exhausting, exhaustive three-setter, eliminating the No. 25 seed, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. The official time was three hours, 33 minutes, or roughly an hour longer than the five-setter between Roger Federer and Frances Tiafoe on Day 2.
It was, unsurprisingly, the longest women’s match in recorded US Open history, 10 minutes clear of the 2015 showdown between Johanna Konta and Garbiñe Muguruza.
Each set in the Rogers-Gavrilova affair was its own mini-marathon: 68 minutes in the first set, 55 in the second and the aforementioned hour-and-a-half final frame. In an unrelenting battle that was close throughout, even the tiebreaks provided little daylight between the two players. Rogers managed to squeak out the breakers, 8-6 in the first set and 7-5 in the third, to advance to the third round in Flushing Meadows for the second time in three years.
After a well-earned and much-needed day off, Rogers summoned her best game again in the next round, but this time it wasn’t enough. The South Carolina native fell to No. 4 Elina Svitolina, 6-4, 7-5, in an encounter that went a mere 1 hour, 32 minutes – just two minutes longer than the third set of Rogers-Gavrilova.