Anderson in Wimbledon final after 2nd longest ever Slam match

Anderson in Wimbledon final after 2nd longest ever Slam match

South African Kevin Anderson won the second-longest match in Wimbledon history by outlasting American John Isner to reach the men's final.

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

Isner previously won the longest ever Grand Slam singles match against Nicolas Mahut, lasting 11 hours and five minutes over three days in the 2010 Wimbledon first round.

If he does, Isner will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Final.

The match could not end due to a quirk of Wimbledon and two of the other Grand Slams - the fifth set cannot end in a tiebreaker.

For all the commendable fitness and focus displayed by Isner and Anderson, the match was not great entertainment.

It was also the second longest match at a Slam, beating the six hours and 33 minutes which Fabrice Santoro spent seeing off Arnaud Clement in the 2004 French Open.

Melichar and Peschke will play the victor of the second semifinal between No. 3 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic and the unseeded pair of Alicja Rosolska of Poland and Abigail Spears of the U.S.


That didn't happen through the first 12 games of the last set, with each player holding serve to reach 6-all.

Both men are in unfamiliar territory, each having never made a Wimbledon semi-final before. "As of right now, I'm sort of more focused on that than getting too excited about the overall picture".

Just before the two-and-a-half hour mark, Anderson produced the first break of the match - the first time someone had broken the Isner serve throughout this tournament.

Again, the pair traded breaks early in the fourth, but Anderson broke and eventually served it out to take the match into a decider after three hours and 40 minutes.

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.

As it became clear that Isner was due for another endless fifth set, tennis fans were far from delighted.

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

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