Anderson beats Isner in record-breaking six-hour semi-final

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He will go on to play the victor of the semifinal game between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Men's final. It has been scheduled as TBA - to be arranged - and will not start before 5pm local time on Saturday.

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

The No. 8 seed Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a 13-11 fifth set in the quarterfinals Wednesday. "I say that because our rivalry, what have you, goes back way before the pro tour".

"It was really tough for both of us". For us to be out there for that length of time. The epic five-setter on the pristine centre court of Wimbledon not only broke several records but also managed to keep the capacity crowd engrossed in a gladiatorial battle. The match will resume Saturday ahead of the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. And he held the upper hand Friday after saving three set points in the gripping tiebreak.

But, it was the 32-year old South African who held his nerves and prevailed in the iconic clash which lasted six hours and thirty-five minutes to book a place in the men's singles final of Wimbledon 2018.

He then converted his first match point when Isner sent a shot wide - after 6 hours, 36 minutes.

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"I personally think a sensible option would be 12-All".

"We've been lined up against each other for about 14 years now, because he left IL when I left Georgia".

"I apologise if I´m not more excited right now".

Friday's match was the third-longest in men's tennis history, less than 10 minutes shorter than the six-hour, 43-minute single-day match between Leonardo Mayer and João Souza at the 2015 Davis Cup.

The players exchanged breaks again at the beginning of the fourth set, before Anderson grabbed a crucial break at 4-4 and served out.

Isner, who lost his second-round match in 2010 because he could barely move after beating Mahut, agreed.

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"I've known John for such a long time, he is a great guy". In the course of the match, Isner delivered 53 aces, and Anderson responded with 49.

The three-time Wimbledon remains the only player on the ATP Tour capable of defeating the pair on their favoured surfaces and he relished the cooler conditions.

Anderson, the No. 8 seed, ultimately prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24, with the fifth set alone lasting almost three hours. That meant Nadal and Djokovic stepped onto the court far later than expected and could only mange three sets inside three hours before play was halted for the day. Anderson finally came through on his sixth for a 25-24 lead, when Isner wearily put a backhand into the net. Hopefully they appreciated the battle that we faced out there against each other, but if you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tie-breaker, too.

With Anderson and Isner, known as two of the most powerful servers in the tournament, it was predictably hard for either player to break the other's serve.

Isner said he agreed with Anderson that tiebreakers - at some point in the fifth set - were the way to go.

"We don't want it to be 70-68, John", someone shouted from the crowd at 8-8. With both Anderson and Isner exhausted from their mammoth efforts on court, the discussion to abandon tradition and change rules was a hot topic in media sessions.

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With Isner serving at 24-24, 0-15, the right-handed Anderson fell down, dropped his racket, got up and played the point left-handed.