Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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John Isner loses to eight seed in longest semifinal match at Wimbledon

John Isner loses to eight seed in longest semifinal match at Wimbledon

Exhausted Kevin Anderson called for Grand Slam chiefs to introduce a cut-off point for final set marathons after the South African reached the Wimbledon final by winning the second longest ever singles match at a major.

The game dragged on for a total of six hours and 36 minutes, with the final set alone taking two hours and 54 minutes. 8 seed, finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty.

Anderson took a medical timeout after the third set.

Just before the two-and-a-half hour mark, Anderson produced the first break of the match - the first time someone had broken the Isner serve throughout this tournament.

It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and longest one-day match in Wimbledon history.

After watching Isner strike a tired forehand wide, Anderson advanced to the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking.

Isner and Anderson were no strangers to each other, facing off all the way back to their college days, when Isner defeated Anderson, who played at IL, in the 2007 NCAA Men's Team Final.

The match surpassed the previous record set by another five-setter between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in a 2013 semifinal.


For much of the afternoon on the All England Lawn Tennis Club's centre court - which eventually stretched to an incredible six hours and 35 minutes - proceedings went according to the script.

Isner and Raonic entered Wednesday night's quarter-final as the two leading players for aces in the tournament at 135 and 117 respectively.

Another ace from the American saw him level the match in another tiebreak.

Eighth-seeded Anderson's prize for his bittersweet victory over his former USA college friend and rival is a date on Sunday with either world No.1 Rafael Nadal or fellow grand slam giant Novak Djokovic.

For the first time in the Open era, the semi-finals were made up exclusively of players over 30.

With Friday's match tied 13-13, fans howled after a spectator shouted out, "Come on guys, we want to see Rafa!"

Friday's semifinals match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner on the men's singles side of Wimbledon was an an incredible, epic and frustrating back-and-forth affair.

Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players.

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