Anderson has his work cut out against Isner in Wimbledon semifinal

Jose Verdugo
Julio 14, 2018

It took six hours and 36 minutes to get the result, but Kevin Anderson made it through to the 2018 Wimbledon final after defeating John Isner in a marathon match on Friday, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. Both were on clay, in Madrid past year and in Rome as recently as May and the top seed regained his composure in the second set converting two out of three opportunities to break serve and level the last-four contest at one set apiece.

Anderson, who knocked off reigning Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinal round, will now take on another behemoth of men's tennis in Sunday's championship match.

Another player who needed a decider was Rafa Nadal, as he squeezed past Juan Martin Del Potro to land us a victor from our recommended bet, but the after-effects of these arduous wins for Anderson and Nadal may not help them in their quest to reach Sunday's final.

How do you sum up Kevin Anderson and John Isner's Wimbledon semi-final?

Isner has history for playing long matches at Wimbledon, having endured a 70-68 fifth-set tiebreak against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, a match which spanned three days.

"I feel pretty awful", Isner said afterward. Isner also served the most number of aces among any player at 214, while Anderson is second with 172 in a single Wimbledon tournament. "My left heel is killing me", said Isner.

Anderson began his Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over qualifier Norbert Gombos before beating Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-4.

Despite the fifth set's historic length, both players did have chances to break each other's serve.

This is the first time all four male semifinalists at a Grand Slam tournament are in their 30s.

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"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.

He will face the victor of the second semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, which began a short while ago, in Sunday's final.

Nadal and Djokovic produced something special in the three sets they managed to complete. "We want to see Rafa!"

But the struggle to hold serve continued into the next game with Nadal immediately regaining his break advantage with a wonderful forehand victor.

"So, I apologise if I'm not more excited right many mixed emotions in getting through something like that".

In the first set, as expected, there were no breaks of serve but Anderson did well to save three breaks points in the third game.

Overall, it's been incredibly close between these two over the years, as Djokovic owns a 26-25 head-to-head record.

Isner, 33, stands 6ft 10in and come the final points he looked nearly too tired to move for the ball.

"For us to be out there this length of time - I mean, not just on us, but coming back trying to compete at this sort of stage, going through this - it's happened to John before, when he's played another five hours".

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