Anderson into Wimbledon final after second longest ever Grand Slam singles match

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2018

Anderson said he had "mixed emotions" after the epic match.

Anderson had already played in the Grand Slam final when he lost to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon a year ago and John is in the semis for the first time, playing a great tennis in the last 12 days and never losing serve in 95 service games! Isner was serving first, with Anderson then having to hold each time in order to stay alive in the match. While Isner's match back in 2010 was a fun side note that helped garner interest in the tournament for fans it might not usually reach, to have a never-ending saga played in the semifinal doesn't look great for the sport.

And Nadal admits facing Djokovic is always a big test.

At this rate, they may not even get on court...

He faced his friend and old college foe Kevin Anderson in the semifinals Friday, where he lost in a game that lasted more than six hours.

The final set alone lasted for two hours and 50 minutes.

That mark was set by another five-setter between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in 2013. Isner in particularly started to appear tired at the set wore on.

In the fourth set, Anderson broke Isner's serve twice to win it 6-4.

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The cheeky jibe drew a large applause from the crowd, but did not impress BBC commentator and seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe. Isner and Anderson, both giants capable of enormous serves, just kept blasting the ball past each other, trading service and sides of the court as the rules dictated, but rarely ever competing in a compelling rally.

Anderson will play again in the final on Sunday - hopefully there, a victor will be decided in four sets or less.

The reason the match went on for so long comes down to one of Wimbledon's quirks - a five-set match can not end on a tiebreaker, a tradition shared at the French Open and the Australian Open.

Isner called for a trainer to have his right index finger treated at 2-1 but didn't seem bothered by any problem when play resumed.

Isner double-faulted to set up a set point for Anderson when serving at 5-4, but he saved it with a 129 miles per hour second serve that the South African couldn't return.

He fashioned three break points from the next rally and took the second, the first break in 49 games.

Anderson was coming off a huge upset win in the quarterfinals over Roger Federer. However, Melichar and Peschke won the next two games to seal it. The only Wimbledon finalist from South Africa was Brian Norton in 1921 while John is trying to become the 12th American Wimbledon finalist in the Open era and the first overall in Majors since Andy Roddick in 2009.

Given the length of this match, it may well prove hard for Djokovic and Nadal to complete their contest on Friday.

Isner was famously apart of the longest match in tennis history.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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