Kevin Anderson through to Wimbledon final after six-hour marathon clash

Kevin Anderson through to Wimbledon final after six-hour marathon clash

Kevin Anderson through to Wimbledon final after six-hour marathon clash

For tournaments without a final set tiebreaker, put John Isner on Centre Court at your own peril. You feel like this is a draw between the two of us, but somebody has to win.

There are zero major titles so far for either Isner, 33, or Anderson, 32, who shockingly ended Federer's bid for a ninth championship at Wimbledon by erasing a match point and beating him 13-11 in the fifth set of their quarterfinal Wednesday.

In the pros, Isner has generally gotten the better of things, leading their head-to-head series at 8-3 entering this semifinal.

Kevin Anderson is through to the final at Wimbledon after a grueling match against John Isner.

Nadal, meanwhile, is appearing in his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011.

Isner took the breaker and seemingly took control.

Yet Anderson's previously impenetrable serve suddenly looked vulnerable and in the very next game Isner broke back, once again taking the set thundering towards another tie-break.

But the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated at Wimbledon, sweeping into the semi-finals for the eighth time.

With no breaker in the fifth, it was anyone's guess what would happen. He then converted his first match point when Isner sent a shot wide. But Anderson had no issues, Isner would.

Djokovic was under the cosh in the next but two booming serves saved two break points and suddenly Nadal found himself at 0-30 as he served to stay in the match. The final score: 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. Just playing like that in those conditions was really tough on both of us.

"I don't know if I'll be the clear favourite in that one". Congratulations to him on such a great tournament. I believed it, but I knew he was close and had chances.

The exhausted Anderson can only hope that another two sets of equal ferocity are required on Saturday.

"That definitely brings a smile to my face", Anderson said. "It's way beyond a normal tennis match or tactics". The most compelling storyline is of course Serena and I can tell you it's going to take a special performance to beat her.

Isner pounded 53 aces but in the end his body was breaking down.

"But I still feel like I'm in that baby step place". "My left heel is killing me and I have an bad blister on my right foot". I have an bad blister on my right foot. I played aggressive. I missed balls, not too many, but I missed some. And now he's lost the second-longest one ever played at the All England Club. It was a good win for him. "I'm trying to digest that first, enjoy it, and we'll think about the next one".

Djokovic and Nadal, who were due to play second on Centre, were forced to wait in the wings for hours as the action unfolded on Friday. It is also the second-longest match in Wimbledon history.

That match will be played with the roof open.

Having once again swapped breaks early on in the fourth set, Anderson broke Isner for the third time, and took the match into a decider on his fourth set point.

Battle will resume at 1200GMT on Saturday with the Serbian three-time champion 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) ahead and needing one more set to book a Sunday showdown with South African Kevin Anderson.

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