Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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Kevin Anderson 2-2 John Isner in first set

Kevin Anderson 2-2 John Isner in first set

Now, Anderson will face American John Isner, who will be making his Grand Slam semi-final debut on the Centre Court.

It marks a first grand slam final for Anderson.

Anderson, who was runner-up to Nadal in last year's US Open final, becomes the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon decider since Brian Norton in 1921.

As the fifth set dragged on and on, the American Isner appeared more visibly exhausted and had to survive more scares on his own serve than Anderson.

Anderson will play again in the final on Sunday - hopefully there, a victor will be decided in four sets or less.

Isner is 33 years old now, a veteran on the ATP Tour. Anderson won the opening set before Isner bounced back to take the next two.


The match surpassed the previous record of 4 hours, 44 minutes when the score was tied 9-9 in the deciding set.

While one might think that such a closely fought match was an enthralling display of athleticism, as the game teetered back and forth in the fifth set, the opposite was true.

Isner double-faulted to set up a set point for Anderson when serving at 5-4, but he saved it with a 129 miles per hour second serve that the South African couldn't return. However, Melichar and Peschke won the next two games to seal it.

Eighth-seeded Anderson's prize for his bittersweet victory over his former U.S. college friend and rival is a date on Sunday with either world No.1 Rafael Nadal or fellow grand slam giant Novak Djokovic. In his final Collegiate season in 2007, John Isner led his team towards the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship title, defeating the University of Illinois Fighting Illini 4-0 at home in Georgia.

Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. Though Raonic outgunned Isner in that respect - 31 to 25 - he was unable to see through service games as convincingly.

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