Kevin Anderson defeats John Isner in longest semifinal in Wimbledon history

Kevin Anderson defeats John Isner in longest semifinal in Wimbledon history

Anderson will face a giant of a different kind in the men's final Sunday - either twice champion Rafael Nadal of Spain or three-time victor Novak Djokovic, who posted a picture on social media of himself playing marbles while waiting for Isner and Anderson to finish.

They played until approximately 11 p.m. local time under the roof, when play was suspended. Anderson hasn't defeated Nadal in five previous encouters, while he holds a 1-5 ledger all-time against Djokovic. Having reached the US Open final past year, Anderson will also be one-up on Isner in the big-stage experience department.

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.

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

"I'm a proponent of changing that rule, for sure", Isner said. "I've hit a lot of left-handed balls throughout my life".

"I apologise if I'm not excited". It goes past the 2013 semifinal encounter between Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro which ended in the Serbian's favour 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 after 4 hours and 44 minutes.

"I don´t really know what to say right now, playing like that in those conditions was really tough for the both of us", said eighth seed Anderson. That one lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and took place over the course of three days. He criticized the lack of a deciding-set tiebreaker at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the French Open. The match marked the second-longest in tournament's history, behind only his meeting with Mahut. "I think it's long overdue".

A landmark awaits as Kevin Anderson and John Isner bid for a spot in their first Wimbledon final.

It is a match that featured 102 thunderbolt aces, 264 unreturned serves and 247 bone-rattling winners but none of those will stand out as much as the heart and desire of the two combatants as both tried to reach their first Wimbledon final.


Both players had set points on their own serve, and both were denied until Anderson scooped a forehand wide and Isner was ahead.

Tennis writers also took aim at how the officials were quick to reschedule the women's final but stopped short of moving the time of the men's final because of a clash with the World Cup final.

Anderson saved three break points in the third game of the first set before Isner had to save a set point in the 10th. Anderson had 49 aces in the victory.

Isner had nothing left to give after his 70-68 record-setter eight years ago, and lost his next match. "We want to see Rafa!"

The match lasted 6 hours, 36 minutes - the second-longest match in any major in history.

The last men's semifinal to be finished on Saturday was in 2007, between none other than Nadal and Djokovic.

Meanwhile, Anderson didn't face a break point in the fifth set.

It's also the longest match of Anderson's career in terms of total time on court.

With that three-day epic being just a first round contest, when Isner returned for his next match, he folded very, very quickly - in just 75 minutes and without an ace in sight.

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