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Anderson beats Isner in record-breaking six-hour semi-final

14 July, 2018, 02:57 | Author: Tommie Newton
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The other was the longest match in the history of the sport, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68 victory over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days.

Anderson earned his second Grand Slam final berth, and he will face Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

It was the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon, surpassing the four hours 44 minutes it took Djokovic to beat Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.

"I don´t really know what to say right now, playing like that in those conditions was really tough for the both of us", said eighth seed Anderson.

"You feel like this is a draw for the two of us, but somebody has to win."
John´s a great guy.

Quotable: "I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now. I had surgery when I was quite young, and my dad, who coached me throughout my career, said, 'learn to play left-handed.' I didn't know that was going to come into play at this point in my career, at this stage, but that was obviously a vital point for me in the end".

Anderson finished with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners.

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The roof was closed and Nadal and Djokovic had until the 11pm club curfew to finish or return on Saturday, the traditional rest day for the two men's semi-finalists.

The 32-year-old stunned the tennis world on Wednesday when he beat defending champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, while Isner beat Canadian Milos Raonic in his quarter-final match.

It is even more incredible when considering that the South African has had to contend with knee, shoulder, groin, hip, thigh and ankle injuries since 2016 that sent him tumbling from the top 10 down to 80th in the rankings. The final set was five minutes short of three hours, ending when-after many missed chances-Anderson broke Isner's. But possibly under scoreboard pressure, the American's own service game wobbled when he was down 4-5, giving Anderson a break-point - and a set-point.

Kevin Anderson and John Isner were locked in the second longest ever Wimbledon singles match on Friday.

Isner was the last remaining American in the men's bracket.

But he broke right back with some courageous aggressive play, taking this set as well to a tie-break, which witnessed some incredible tennis and some dramatic mini-breaks and nervous double-faults. "It will take time to process it but I'm in the final of Wimbledon and that's a dream come true".

And repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No", even when Anderson smacked a return victor at Isner's feet to get to break point at 7-all, 30-40.

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