Kevin Anderson, John Isner play second longest match in Wimbledon history

Heather Diaz
July 14, 2018

Earlier, South African eighth seed Anderson outlasted American ninth seed Isner 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 in the second-longest match in professional tennis history - behind only Isner's record 11-hours and five-minute first-round Wimbledon triumph over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 2010. Watch Nadal vs Djokovic live stream online on ESPN TV this morning at 11 am EST / 8 am PST for what could and hopefully will be a five set marathon to determine the victor.

Rather overshadowed by a certain football match on Wednesday was the men's quarter-finals, which saw the odds-on tournament favourite, Roger Federer, dumped out by Kevin Anderson in a dramatic fifth set.

Anderson, the first South African Wimbledon men´s finalist since Brian Norton in 1921, faces Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday´s showpiece.

John Isner could barely run after an exhausting battle with Kevin Anderson who beat the American 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (9/11) 6-4 26-24.

"You know, a few days' rest, maybe more than that, and I'll recoup an Isner said that being part of yet another record-breaking match did not help ease his pain".

"I feel pretty bad", Isner said afterward.

Both players had set points on their own serve, and both were denied until Anderson scooped a forehand wide and Isner was ahead. It doesn't get much bigger than that, which means the question now becomes: Will such a titanic victory build Anderson's confidence, or will it lead to a letdown, as it has for so many others who have knocked off Federer at the Slams over the years?

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He continued: "John's such a great guy, and I really feel for him, because if I'd been on the opposite side, I don't know how you can take that, playing for so long and coming up short".

Ann Scott tweeted: 'Does anyone else find the Anderson/Isner match boring?

He will face the victor of the second semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, which began a short while ago, in Sunday's final.

Kerber is often referred to as "The Wall" and the 30-year-old proved so again in committing a meagre 10 errors in her semi-final demolition of Jelena Ostapenko.

It's his second showpiece appearance in four major tournaments after his runner-up finish in last year's US Open. "We want to see Rafa!"

Into the decider they went, and a grim treadmill of service holds persisted until, at 17-17 all, Anderson found himself with two break points, only for two aces to prolong proceedings. For us to be out there for that amount of time, I really hope we can address this. The third-set tiebreak between Djokovic and Nadal finished at 11:02 p.m., and an announcement was made immediately that play had been suspended.

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now".

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