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Anderson tops Isner 26-24 in epic 5th set of Wimbledon semifinal

Novak Djokovic GETTYNovak Djokovic is starting to hit top form
Edward Snyder | 14 July, 2018, 08:04

Isner, who leads Anderson 8-3 in past meetings, is making his debut in the final four of a Grand Slam tournament in his 41st appearance at one.

At the end of a very long Friday when nothing could be taken for granted, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic added an entertaining late-night postscript to the heroics that had earlier transfixed Centre Court in the sunshine for six hours and 36 minutes, but must return on Saturday to determine who meets Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final.

When asked how he would recover and play in the final Sunday, Anderson said: "It's tough, I really don't know".

Kevin Anderson might live in Florida these days, but he's still a South African citizen - and his fellow Saffas are fiercely claiming him as their own again, as he heads to the Wimbledon Men's Singles final on Sunday, after an extraordinary semi-final that saw him battle John Isner of the US for more than six hours. It was back in 2010, and he came out on the winning side against Nicolas Mahut in 11 hours 5 minutes, across a span of three days.

Friday's fifth set wasn't quite as long, but still, it lasted almost 3 hours as the semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill. "Just disappointed to lose".

With Isner serving at 24-24, 0-15, the right-handed Anderson fell down, dropped his racket, got up and played the point left-handed.

"That definitely brings a smile to my face", Anderson said of his lefty shot in the critical game. I will just try to do the same protocols.

"The legs are pretty jelly-like", said the 32-year-old who reached his second major final after finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal at last year's U.S. Open. There could be a rematch now.




The roof was closed and Nadal and Djokovic had until the 11pm club curfew to finish or return on Saturday, the traditional rest day for the two men's semi- finalists.

Then, 122 minutes into the fifth set, the crowd went wild as a tired-looking Isner faced two more break points, only to save them with back-to-back aces as dark rain clouds gathered over Centre Court.

After saving two set points in the third set tiebreak, Anderson blew his first set point at 8-7 with a double fault. "I actually ate before stretching, as well", he said.

Three-time winner John McEnroe called for a rule change in commentary, suggesting there should be fifth-set tie-break at grand slams rather than wait for a clear victor. "I mean, I'm a big part of that, a big part of this discussion, of course".

At one point in the fifth set, a spectator shouted, "Come on, guys!"

Back and fully healthy, Djokovic and Nadal should give us a match to see.

Their paths have crossed many times in between - they met again in the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship match and have competed against each other 11 times as pros - but never on a stage as grand as this. In the pros, Isner had won eight of 11 previous matchups.

But this one was as competitive and close as can be.

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