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After many, many hours, Anderson beats Isner in Wimbledon semis

14 July, 2018, 06:05 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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The Anderson-Isner match meant a long wait for Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, who are playing in the other semi-final.

The match will resume at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday, before the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.

WIMBLEDON, England-When John Isner and Kevin Anderson walked on to Centre Court for their semifinal match on Friday, everyone knew they would play for hours.

Anderson, who had dethroned eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals in a five-set thriller, advanced to his second grand slam finals.

"We don't want it to be 70-68, John", someone shouted from the crowd at 8-8 in reference to Isner's 2010 epic win over Mahut, as both men kept slamming down huge serves.

Kevin Anderson becomes the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon final since Brian Norton in 1921, overcoming American John Isner 7-6 (6) 6-7 (5) 6-7 (9) 6-4 26-24 in six hours and 36 minutes in the second-longest match ever at the All England Club.

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.

However, Djokovic-Nadal was the headline act of the day - they have five Wimbledon titles between them and met in the 2011 final - while Anderson and Isner had never made the semi-finals before.

Both players were strong on serve, though it was a tiring Isner, plagued with a blister on his finger, who was under threat, routinely needing to draw on his reserves to close service games out.

Anderson finished with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners. A lingering elbow injury forced him to bow out before the semis at the next six Grand Slam tournaments, but it appears the former World No. 1 is finally returning to form after a year-and-a-half of frustration.

This one seems rather tidy by comparison: Anderson won 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24.

"I think it's long overdue", Isner said.

He can play a net game and now is the time to choose to, to mix things up.

It led to the unusual situation of both players leaving the court to a huge ovation - and applauding the fans in return - but without there being a clear victor or loser.

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