John Isner, Kevin Anderson in Wimbledon epic

Jose Verdugo
Julio 13, 2018

The match is now the second-longest singles match in Wimbledon history, only trumped by Isner's record-breaking clash with Nicolas Mahut which lasted over 11 hours.

As the fifth set dragged on and on, the American Isner appeared more visibly exhausted and had to survive more scares on his own serve than Anderson.

At 13-13 in the deciding set, and after more than five hours of match play, a member of the audience screamed out "come on guys, we want to see Rafa", with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic due to start after this match finishes.

Anderson took a medical timeout after the third set.

Isner is 33 years old now, a veteran on the ATP Tour. Isner in particularly started to appear worn out at the set wore on.

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When their semi-final ticked past the five-hour 31-minute mark, it beat the previous mark set by Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey in the third round in 2012. It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and longest one-day match in Wimbledon history.

Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed.

Isner double-faulted to set up a set point for Anderson when serving at 5-4, but he saved it with a 129 miles per hour second serve that the South African couldn't return.

The ball was in Kevin Anderson's court when he defeated Roger Federer on Wednesday to book a semifinal spot in the 2018 Wimbledon. The victor will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic for the title on Sunday.

Nadal leads their series 26-25 heading into Friday's match, including 9-4 at Grand Slam tournaments. Djokovic owns 12 Slam trophies, three from Wimbledon.

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