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Kevin Anderson Outlasts John Isner in a Five-Set Marathon at Wimbledon

14 July 2018, 07:01 | Henrietta Morgan

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The 12-times Grand Slam victor Djokovic leads Nadal 6-4 3-6 7 (11)-6, with their match expected to resume at 1pm on Saturday.

Instead, the two players - and a disappointed audience - were sent home after the third set on Friday with Djokovic leading 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) following a tense tiebreaker that had more entertaining rallies than some entire matches. He converted his second set point when Nadal netted a backhand, minutes past the tournament's 11 pm curfew.

Six-and-a-half hours after Kevin Anderson and John Isner stepped out onto Centre Court, they finally finished.

If he does, Isner will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Final. Isner leads their head to head 8-3, and he has won their last five meetings; the last time Anderson turned the tables against his fellow flamethrower was in 2012.

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.

"John is a great guy and I really feel for him".

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With the time approaching 10pm, that made it highly unlikely there would be a victor and both players knew how important that third set was likely to be. "For a lot of people, that's definitely the lasting image of my career", Isner said.

So there's not much better an authority to weigh in on whether it's time for fifth-set tiebreakers at all Grand Slam tournaments.

"I hope this is a sign for Grand Slams to change".

The Isner-Anderson semi-final was expected to serve as a warm-up to Friday's main event on Centre Court between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

That "endless match" prompted officials to erect a plaque on Court 18 to commemorate the feats of the two players.

For his part, Djokovic is eyeing a 13th major after making the semifinals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

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Isner then shrugged off needing treatment on a blistered serving hand, found time to usher a ladybird to safety before levelling the match in another tiebreak off his 19th ace.

Nadal was knocked out in the fourth round, losing 13-11 in the final set to Luxembourgish journeyman Gilles Müller.

Isner had nothing left to give after his 70-68 record-setter eight years ago, and lost his next match.

Anderson had a strong chance to secure the third set and potentially keep the match from going the distance - as Anderson's round of 16 and quarterfinal bouts did.

"So I apologise if I'm not more excited right now because the mix of emotions getting through something like that is quite different". Anderson hasn't defeated Nadal in five previous encouters, while he holds a 1-5 ledger all-time against Djokovic. I know, as everything in life, we are evolving.

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