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Anderson topples marathon man Isner in longest-ever Wimbledon semi-final

14 July 2018, 12:01 | Charlene Valdez

Despite losing the first set John Isner won the next three and romped home emphatically Credit John Walton PA

John Isner celebrates his win

Friday's semifinals match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner on the men's singles side of Wimbledon was an an incredible, epic and frustrating back-and-forth affair. It was a marathon game.

Isner and Anderson were no strangers to each other, facing off all the way back to their college days, when Isner defeated Anderson, who played at IL, in the 2007 NCAA Men's Team Final.

Known for his marathon matches, the ninth-seeded Isner lost to the eight-seeded Anderson in a grueling six-hour-and-36-minute match, with the final set alone lasting for almost three hours.

South African Kevin Anderson won the second-longest match in Wimbledon history by outlasting American John Isner to reach the men's final.

Anderson saved three break points in the third game of the first set before Isner had to save a set point in the 10th.

The match surpassed the previous record set by another five-setter between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in a 2013 semifinal.

Isner previously won the longest ever Grand Slam singles match against Nicolas Mahut, lasting 11 hours and five minutes over three days in the 2010 Wimbledon first round.


Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. He beat the defending champion 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that lasted over four hours.

In a final set that lasted almost 3 hours, Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive breakthrough to go 25-24 up - drawing a massive roar from the crowd.

Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive break - drawing a massive roar from the crowd.

Isner played in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal match Wednesday, beating Canada's Milos Raonic.

Isner then shrugged off needing treatment on a blistered serving hand, found time to usher a ladybird to safety before levelling the match in another tiebreak off his 19th ace.

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



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