March 8, 2015 / 9:59 PM / in 3 years

Davis Cup record as Mayer hauls Argentina level in epic

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Leonardo Mayer beat Joao Souza 7-6 (4) 7-6 (5) 5-7 5-7 15-13 in a Davis Cup singles record six hours 42 minutes to haul Argentina level with Brazil at 2-2 in their first-round tie on Sunday.

Argentina's Leonardo Mayer celebrates after defeating Brazil's Joao Souza in their Davis Cup tennis match in Buenos Aires, March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Mayer won on his 11th match point in a battle of the two number ones in searing heat on a purpose-built clay court at Tecnopolis on the outskirts of the capital.

The match lasted 20 minutes longer than a clash of giants in 1982 when John McEnroe beat Mats Wilander in a U.S. v Sweden quarter-final in St Louis.

Federico Delbonis now faces Thomaz Bellucci in a fifth and last match that will determine who meets Serbia in the quarter-finals.

Reporting by Rex Gowar, editing by Tony Jimenez

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