Kevin Anderson, John Isner play second longest match in Wimbledon history

Kevin Anderson, John Isner play second longest match in Wimbledon history

American tennis player John Isner lost to Kevin Anderson in a record-setting semifinal at Wimbledon that lasted over six hours on Friday. The 50-game final set took about three hours alone.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson became the first South African to reach the Wimbledon final in 97 years after triumphing over John Isner in the tournament's second longest match.

However, he recovered quickly, denying Nadal several set points with some spectacular tennis before ending the night up a set at 6-4 3-5 7-6 (11-9).

"At the same time, I'm trying to use the experience and memories that I have of being in the final stages of Grand Slams, just take things very simple, day by day".

The 31-year-old is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

It was a severe test of stamina for both players, as well as those watching, and meant a long wait for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who were due on next in the second semi-final. Just playing like that in those sort of conditions, just really tough on both of us.

"I don´t know how you can take it playing for so long and coming out the wrong side".

In 2010, the American defeated Nicolas Mahut in an iconic five-setter by 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3) and 70-68 after 11 hours and 5 minutes.

After Isner saved a set point at 5-4 with a 129 mile-per-hour second serve, the match went, predictably, to a tiebreak.

"I agree with Kevin".

"If one person can't finish the other off before 12-all then do a tiebreaker there", the ninth seed said. "I think I can keep doing damage here".

Anderson had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner hit long.

In addition to his own 161 aces, the 208cm-tall Isner has won every single one of his 95 service games, facing a measly seven break points in five matches.

"I feel like she's been playing really well, ".

"I apologise if I´m not more excited right now".

Isner said that being part of yet another record-breaking match did not help ease his pain.

"That's no consolation to me".

"I actually went straight into the ice tank, then I did the stretching".

Kevin Anderson might live in Florida these days, but he's still a South African citizen - and his fellow Saffas are fiercely claiming him as their own again, as he heads to the Wimbledon Men's Singles final on Sunday, after an extraordinary semi-final that saw him battle John Isner of the USA for more than six hours. "At the end you feel like this is a draw between the two of us".

Furthermore, the women's doubles final may not even be played on Centre Court because as of Saturday morning, the schedule reshuffle had left it without an assigned court.

There were a total of 102 aces in a match with Isner serving 53 aces and Anderson serving 49. With both Anderson and Isner exhausted from their mammoth efforts on court, the discussion to abandon tradition and change rules was a hot topic in media sessions. "I have to say congratulations to John on a great tournament and hopefully he can come back stronger".

The ridiculous length of the Anderson-Isner clash left Nadal and Djokovic waiting until 8pm local time before stepping on court for their box office semi- final. Anderson is a righty, prompting the Wimbledon crowd collectively gasp at the play.

Anderson moves on to play Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in the men's 2018 Wimbledon final.

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