Have mercy! Anderson calls for rule change after Isner epic

Tanya Simon
July 14, 2018

Isner's semifinal match is scheduled for 7 am Dallas time on Friday and can be watched on ESPN. It was a marathon game. He reached the final of the US Open previous year before losing to Rafael Nadal.

South African Kevin Anderson won the second-longest match in Wimbledon history by outlasting American John Isner to reach the men's final.

It will be the second Grand Slam final for Anderson, who became the first South African male to reach the Wimbledon final since 1921.

Anderson survived a incredible endurance test in the semi-finals on Friday, beating John Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 in six hours and 36 minutes.

It was the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon, surpassing the four hours 44 minutes it took Djokovic to beat Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.

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.

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Anderson had already battled through another epic five-setter, defeating Roger Federer in the a quarter-final that ended 13-11 in the fifth set.

Anderson, 32, will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

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.

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

Just before the two-and-a-half hour mark, Anderson produced the first break of the match - the first time someone had broken the Isner serve throughout this tournament.

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