Anderson beats Isner in longest semi-final in history

Milos Raonic

The roller-coaster match saw Dabrowski and Xu fight off three match points before tying it at 5-5 in the third set.

Anderson will now attempt overturn a losing record against both Nadal (5-0) and Djokovic (5-1). Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed.

Maybe the most excruciating part of all is that Anderson now has to turn around and get ready for the championship on Sunday, while Isner has to face the harsh reality that this preposterous marathon match was all for naught.

In a final set that lasted almost 3 hours, Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive breakthrough to go 25-24 up - drawing a massive roar from the crowd.

This put the 32-year-old Anderson in a good spot as Federer was not playing on his favourite Centre Court.

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. While Isner's match back in 2010 was a fun side note that helped garner interest in the tournament for fans it might not usually reach, to have a never-ending saga played in the semifinal doesn't look great for the sport.

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He couldn´t capitalise, however, and was broken straight back before Isner claimed the ensuing tiebreak having saved two set points.

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

Nadal and Djokovic will meet for the 52nd time. He has reached a career-high in the rankings and on Wednesday he defeated Canadian Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, advancing the furthest he ever has in a Grand Slam tournament.

He is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title which would put him just two behind Federer.

The 31-year-old is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

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