SA's Kevin Anderson foils John Isner to reach maiden Wimbledon final

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2018

Friday's five-set match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner has become the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history. Isner was a part of that one as well in 2010, beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes - the longest match at any tournament.

The victor will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic for the title on Sunday.

The match shattered Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games (the previous record was 72) as well as duration - besting the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes.

The roller-coaster match saw Dabrowski and Xu fight off three match points before tying it at 5-5 in the third set.

"It feels like it´s a draw but somebody has to win". I really feel for him.

"I don't know what to say right now".

Even in the fifth s, et you was flashing back to the [Andy] Roddick final here.


Maybe the most excruciating part of all is that Anderson now has to turn around and get ready for the championship on Sunday, while Isner has to face the harsh reality that this preposterous marathon match was all for naught.

Anderson also played an extended fifth set in the quarterfinals, eliminating eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 13-11 in the final set. The Swiss was heading into the meeting as a favourite, he had not lost any set in his first four matches of the tournament.

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.

Ultimately, it was Anderson who prevailed, taking the match 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24.

Isner is 33 years old now, a veteran on the ATP Tour. He would go on to break the big American and then served out the match.

He fashioned three break points from the next rally and took the second, the first break in 49 games. Isner in particularly started to appear worn out at the set wore on. It was a drama filled set that went back-and-forth, similar to the third set.

Roanic had only been broken three times this Wimbledon previously but Isner doubled that tally alone to triumph 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. For us to be out there for that length of time.

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