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Anderson into Wimbledon final after second longest ever Grand Slam singles match

Anderson into Wimbledon final after second longest ever Grand Slam singles match

Anderson finally managed to become the first player who has taken John's serve at this year's Wimbledon, earning a break in game eight of the third set but his lead didn't last for long, getting broken in the following game when he served for the set.

"For us to be out there for that amount of time, I really hope we can address this", the South African, who won the fifth set 26-24 to beat Isner, said. After six straight points for the servers, Kevin made pivotal mini-break at 7-6 to wrap up the opening set after a grueling battle that lasted for more than an hour. "You're never really safe", Roger Federer said of Anderson after his five-set loss Wednesday to the former Illini.

Isner appeared to be struggling at times from 12-all to 18-all, but he held firm on his serve as Anderson, playing his second-consecutive five-set match, found a second (or third or fourth) wind. But Anderson roared back, outlasting the great Swiss to win 2-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 13-11.

Isner has been playing the tennis of his life this year, claiming a first Masters title and now on the threshold of a first Slam final, and he edgedMilos Raonic, whose body looked to be letting him down once more in a career ravaged with injury.

Anderson hit 49 aces and 118 winners in the epic contest on Centre Court.

Anderson, seeded eighth, will face one of the sport's titans, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, who were scheduled to play in Friday's late semifinal.

John Isner and Kevin Anderson possess two of the most powerful serves in tennis, and simply could not find a break in their Wimbledon semifinal.

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A fifth and deciding set must be won by two clear games in majors. "We want to see Rafa!"

Sporf shared a meme highlighting how Isner and Anderson spent more time playing than Germany did at the Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

In contrast, Anderson didn't concede a break-point in this set, taking one of the six offered by Isner under fading light.

Everyone knew the Wimbledon semifinal between John Isner and Kevin Anderson was going to be a slog, and it well and truly lived up to the billing.

Isner finished the tournament with a record 221 aces.

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

And repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No", even when Anderson smacked a return victor at Isner's feet to get to break point at 7-all, 30-40. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said.


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