Kevin Anderson: Reaching Wimbledon final is part of a dream come true

Mae Harvey
July 14, 2018

Kevin Anderson outlasted John Isner in the second longest match ever played at Wimbledon, winning the fifth set of their semifinal 26-24 after more than 6 1/2 hours. He converted his second set point when Nadal netted a backhand, minutes past the tournament's 11 pm curfew.

That is likely to delay the start of women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber, which is scheduled to commence at 2pm.

Despite going on for almost seven hours, Isner was nowhere close to beating his own record for the longest tennis match history - a first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, which went on for more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth in 2010 also at Wimbledon.

"I played two matches over six hours in my career".

"You feel like it's a draw between the two of us, but somebody has to win".

Novak Djokovic broke Rafael Nadal in the seventh game before claiming the opening set 6-4 to put the pressure on the Spaniard in their semi-final.

Anderson and Isner go way back, to their days when they played in college, Isner at Georgia, Anderson at IL.

Anderson had nearly surely forced the game back to deuce with a close-range dink over the net, but a exhausted Isner somehow stormed across the court to slam home a passing victor.

When the match does resume Saturday, the players will have to agree whether to continue play under the same conditions, with the roof closed, or to have it open. Anderson's win over John Isner lasted 6 ½ hours and went to 26-24 in the fifth set.

At 24-24, Isner was serving and visibly wilting.

Isner had nothing left to give, and his wait for a first Grand Slam final appearance will not come until at least the 42nd attempt, which is the record begrudgingly held by David Ferrer. Anderson fell to the Serbian in five sets in 2015 at Wimbledon and in three sets in 2011 in London.

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Kevin Anderson fought back from a 5-0 deficit in the tiebreak but John Isner held his nerve to claim the second set 7-6 (5) to level the contest at one set apiece.

When asked how he would recover from such an epic and play in the Wimbledon finals on Sunday afternoon, the South African said: "It's tough, I really don't know".

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