Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Game, Set, Marathon: Anderson Wins Record-Shattering Wimbledon Semifinal

Game, Set, Marathon: Anderson Wins Record-Shattering Wimbledon Semifinal

Anderson will be hoping that is not the fate that awaits him on Sunday when he faces one of the fittest athletes in sport in the shape of either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic - who between them own 29 Grand Slam titles.

That set the record for the longest semi-final at the tournament and became the second longest Grand Slam singles match ever played.

From the way Novak Djokovic repeatedly smacked his racket against his shoe after one miss, to the shouts directed at himself and his coach after others, it was clear how much he wanted to prove he's past the roughest patch of his career.

Isner finally succumbed to the 6-foot-8 (203 cm) Anderson just before 8 p.m. local time Friday in a grueling encounter full of plot twists in the longest men's semifinal in grand slam history and the third longest match of all time. Six hours and 36 minutes later South African Anderson had beaten an exhausted Isner 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9/11) 6-4 26-24. But serving in the fourth, Isner got a shock break, however Anderson would give it right bad. Isner was 8-3 lifetime versus Anderson coming into the match.

The exhausted Anderson can only hope that another two sets of equal ferocity are required on Saturday.

Anderson also played an extended fifth set in the quarterfinals, eliminating eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 13-11 in the final set.

Isner, 33, stands 6ft 10in and come the final points he looked nearly too tired to move for the ball.

"It was really tough for both of us".

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Additionally, Anderson called for a change in the tournament format so that players won't have to go through such long matches.

Neither player had a single break point through two sets, but the American took control down the stretch by earning one service break in the third set and two more in the fourth en route to the victory. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", he continued. I don't know. It really depends.

Not every match in the commentary box can be a Nadal v Del Potro classic so he was a bit spoilt at the beginning of his career behind the mic.

Of the task against Anderson, Djokovic said: "Hopefully we can first of all play, both of us get out on court. It is what it is, I'm in the final of Wimbledon and it's an incredible achievement for me".

Friday's other semi-final pitches Anderson, the eighth seed who lost to Nadal in last year's US Open final, against ninth-seeded American John Isner. For all the talk of the Federer/Nadal rivalry, the Djokovic/Nadal pairing may have produced the most fiery tennis ever.

Isner fell despairingly short in his bid to reach a first grand slam final at the 41st attempt. Pinning the Serbian in his backhand corner, Nadal's number one tactic, only plays to Djokovic's strength, and his speed and ability to not just soak up pace but send it back with interest left his opponent looking rushed. Who is going to take it?

Nadal was flagging, though, and it told in the 18th game of a 91-minute final set.

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