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Anderson beats Isner in longest semi-final in history

13 July 2018, 11:22 | Charlene Valdez

It's not the first time that Isner has played to a marathon match - back in 2010, he defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7), 70-68 in the first round at Wimbledon in a match that lasted over 11 hours and was played over three days.

It was also the second longest match at a Slam, beating the six hours and 33 minutes which Fabrice Santoro spent seeing off Arnaud Clement in the 2004 French Open.

The South African won the opening set on a tie-break but lost two subsequent tie-breaks before he levelled the match 6-4 in the fourth.

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon.

6-4, 26-24 victory that lasted more than six hours, Anderson advances to the Wimbledon Final on Sunday, when he will play the victor of the other semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

He then converted his first match point when Isner sent a shot wide - after 6 hours, 36 minutes.

John Isner and Kevin Anderson simply refused to lose. Anderson won the opening set before Isner bounced back to take the next two.

That inconsistency was eliminated in an absorbing final set before Anderson produced a moment of magic. The two went back and forth all the way to 12-all, essentially playing a full sixth and seventh set.


As it became clear that Isner was due for another endless fifth set, tennis fans were far from delighted.

On the most crucial point of the match, Anderson recovered after a fall and hit a lefty forehand to go up 0-30 while Isner was serving at 24-24.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

And another all-time great awaits him on Sunday in either Nadal or Djokovic.

"I feel confident in sort of baseline exchanges I'd say quite a lot with John".

Djokovic, meanwhile, is seeking a fifth final at the All England Club and 22nd at the Slams.

In the second longest match in the Grand Slam on grass' history, both men simply didn't want to relent until the 32-year-old summoned a magical moment in the 49th game of the final set.



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