Kevin Anderson: Reaching Wimbledon final is part of a dream come true

John Isner celebrates his win

Despite losing the first set John Isner won the next three and romped home emphatically Credit John Walton PA

The match was also just shorter than a Davis Cup first-round match between Argentina's Leonardo Mayer and Brazil's Joao Souza, which went on for six hours and 43 minutes in 2015r. I mean, just playing like that, in those sort of's really tough on both of us.

Kevin Anderson fought back from a 5-0 deficit in the tiebreak but John Isner held his nerve to claim the second set 7-6 (5) to level the contest at one set apiece.

"I don't know what to say right now".

"Honestly, I really hope this is a bit of a sign for grand slams to change the five sets". He is the second South African to reach the final, after Brian Norton 97 years ago.

The ninth-seeded Isner was denied the chance to become the first American man to reach a Grand Slam final since Andy Roddick lost to Roger Federer in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

The two players didn't even get onto the court until after 8 p.m. because of an earlier marathon semifinal won by Kevin Anderson and when Djokovic converted his second set point in the tiebreaker - having saved three of Nadal's - the clock had ticked a couple of minutes past 11.

The Centre Court roof was closed so that the players could continue to play under the lights.

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Isner previously won the longest ever Grand Slam singles match against Nicolas Mahut, lasting 11 hours and five minutes over three days in the 2010 Wimbledon first round. That's also the previous year Djokovic and Nadal met at the All-England Club, with Djokovic winning 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in the final.

Anderson and Isner go way back, to their days when they played in college, Isner at Georgia, Anderson at IL.

Prediction: Anderson in four sets.

But tie-breaks, as the first set demonstrated, show no respect for what has gone before.

"There is no one other match in the history of tennis that has been played more than our match".

"They've paid to see two matches, and they came pretty close to only seeing one match", Anderson said. Anderson finally came through on his sixth to lead 25-24, then served out the victory when Isner sailed a forehand wide. Isner failed to convert a set point in the opener.

Fast food chain Nandos, which originated from South Africa, has pledged to give away free meals to people who share names with the two players, until Anderson is knocked out of the tournament or wins the final.

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