Kevin Anderson through to Wimbledon final after six-hour marathon clash

Jose Verdugo
Julio 13, 2018

Well into their 30s, the pair are in the form of their lives but it was the American who came up trumps to reach the final with a marathon7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (8-10) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 win - the longest semi-final in the tournament's history.

The former Bulldog broke right back to even the set once again.

Isner played in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal match Wednesday, beating Canada's Milos Raonic.

While one might think that such a closely fought match was an enthralling display of athleticism, as the game teetered back and forth in the fifth set, the opposite was true.

It was the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon, surpassing the four hours 44 minutes it took Djokovic to beat Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.

Isner had already featured in the longest men's tennis match in history, when he beat French player Nicolas Mahut in the 2010 Wimbledon championship, taking the final set on a scarcely believable scoreline of 70-68.

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Anderson, the first South African Wimbledon men´s finalist since Brian Norton in 1921, faces Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday´s showpiece.

For the first time in the Open era, the semi-finals were made up exclusively of players over 30.

Anderson, who graduated from the University of IL, came through another marathon match to beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, winning their fifth set 13-11.

The Canadian and partner Yifan Xu of China, seeded sixth, lost to No. 12 seeds Nicole Melichar of the US, and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday.

As Isner served for a 16-15 lead, the match became the second-longest Wimbledon singles clash at just over five and a half hours.

Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players. Remarkably, Isner hit straight back and went on to move in front.

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