Wimbledon 2018: Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in record-breaking semi-final

Tanya Simon
July 14, 2018

John Isner found himself involved in another record-breaking Wimbledon epic Friday as his semifinal with Kevin Anderson became the second-longest singles match in Wimbledon history.

The match lasted more than six hours, making it the longest semi-final match in the history of Wimbledon, and the second-longest in total.

But with tiebreaks not allowed in the fifth set at Wimbledon, and neither able to break serve, both strapped in for extended play, the set knotted at 6-6.

Anderson will now play the victor of either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

The Canadian and partner Yifan Xu of China, seeded sixth, lost 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to No. 12 seeds Nicole Melichar of the USA, and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday.

It was a similar tale in the fourth set where the South African broke for 3-2 only to hand the break straight back.

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The fifth set got off to a quick start but then turned into a marathon.

There was some fear that the match would be stopped when rain began to fall in the fifth, and the grounds crew sprung into position, but play continued. Anderson finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty.

Another ace from the American saw him level the match in another tiebreak.

After taking out Roger Federer in remarkable fashion, 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson was forced to go the distance once again and he triumphed in remarkable fashion.

He faced his friend and old college foe Kevin Anderson in the semifinals Friday, where he lost in a game that lasted more than six hours.

Anderson will now meet either world No 1 Rafael Nadal or three-time champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday's showpiece after winning the longest ever singles semi-final at the All England Club.

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