Anderson topples marathon man Isner in longest ever Wimbledon semi-final

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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. The final score: 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. The match will resume Saturday, July 14, on Centre Court.

"I really hope this is a bit of a sign for Grand Slams to change".

This feels as much as a lottery as ever, but it just feels like Anderson is ready to prove that his run to the US Open final was no fluke.

"I really hope we can look at it and address it".

"Just playing like that in those conditions, it was really tough for both of us". I don't know. They're getting on the court at 20:15, whatever it is.

South African Anderson eventually overcame Isner to reach the Wimbledon final.

"I agree with Kevin".

"If one person can't finish the other off before 12-All, then do a tiebreaker". "I think I can keep doing damage here".

Isner also broke the record for most aces at Wimbledon, hitting 214 at the tournament and 53 on Friday.

On a critical point that helped him earn the break he needed to win the match, Kevin Anderson hit one of the most impressive shots you'll ever see.

"Rafa and Djokovic, I don't even know, can they finish tonight?" "My left heel is killing me".

"I apologise if I'm not more excited right now but I've got so many mixed emotions". The 33-year-old American maintained a very high level of aggression and confidence to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Milos Raonic and reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.

Anderson into Wimbledon final after second longest ever Grand Slam singles match
That inconsistency was eliminated in an absorbing final set before Anderson produced a moment of magic. Isner's semifinal match is scheduled for 7 am Dallas time on Friday and can be watched on ESPN.

He couldn´t capitalise, however, and was broken straight back before Isner claimed the ensuing tiebreak having saved two set points.

"That's no consolation to me".

Then Anderson served out the victory, with Isner sailing a forehand wide on match point.

"It feels like it´s a draw but somebody has to win. With Anderson standing 6'8" and Isner two inches taller still, both men are capable of hammering down aces at will and have done so throughout the Championships.

Although the game was dominated by big serving, there were some incredible highlights, including a key moment deep in the fifth set.

"It just seems cruel and unusual punishment for these guys", former champion John McEnroe said on the BBC.

Anderson had landed on his back giving a return from the baseline, losing his racquet in the process.

The pair will face off for a record 52nd time in their careers in the other men's semifinal on Friday evening.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

"Congrats to John. The semi-finals here is a remarkable achievement and I'm sure he will bounce back".

Djokovic's 2017 Wimbledon campaign ended in a quarter-final retirement with an elbow injury which led to surgery and precipitated a worrying dip in form and confidence.

Anderson was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at last year's US Open.

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