Kevin Anderson vs John Isner, Wimbledon 2018 semi-final

Kevin Anderson vs John Isner, Wimbledon 2018 semi-final

When it was all done and dusted, there were no wild roars, no fist pumping and no raised arms in celebration - all Anderson had left in him was to give Isner a sympathetic hug after he came out on top in the second longest match ever contested at the All England Club.

Anderson and Isner, who were meeting for the 12th time in their professional careers, played an extremely even bout to decide who would take on the victor of Friday's later semifinal, between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic was leading Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) in a compelling showdown filled with entertaining points that was suspended as soon as the third set concluded at just past 11 p.m., the curfew at the All England Club.

Nadal, 32, is back in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic.

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.

The 33-year-old agreed with Anderson that all Slams should introduce a tiebreak in the final set and fall in line with the US Open.

Despite going on for almost seven hours, Isner was nowhere close to beating his own record for the longest tennis match history - a first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, which went on for more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth in 2010 also at Wimbledon.

Friday's fifth set wasn't quite as long, but still, it lasted almost 3 hours as the semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill. Both Isner and Anderson said they'd like to see that change.

"So, I apologise if I'm not more excited right now.so many mixed emotions in getting through something like that".

"I really hope we can look at this and address this because in the end you don't even feel that great out there", the eighth seed said.
The 50-game final set took about three hours alone. I don't think it needs to continue. In the course of the match, Isner delivered 53 aces, and Anderson responded with 49. Anderson served for the third at 5-3, got broken, then had a pair of set points in that tiebreaker, double-faulting one away.

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Anderson, the No. 8 seed, ultimately prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24, with the fifth set alone lasting almost three hours.

As expected in a match between very tall men with booming serves, the first three sets were decided in tiebreakers.

"I personally don't see the added value or benefit compared to, say, at the US Open where we're playing tie-breaks in the fifth set".

Anderson would create that turning moment when he resorted to using his non-dominant hand to win a point after tumbling to the grass.

The semi-finals follow the shock exit of fan-favourite Roger Federer on Wednesday, after he was knocked out by Anderson.

"We don't want it to be 70-68, John", someone shouted from the crowd at 8-8. With the score tied at 6-6, a tiebreaker was needed to separate the two players, which Anderson went on to win 8-6.

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

And repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No", even when Anderson smacked a return victor at Isner's feet to get to break point at 7-all, 30-40.

One spectator called out, "Come on, guys!"

Isner, 33, stands 6ft 10in and come the final points he looked nearly too tired to move for the ball.

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