Kevin Anderson faces another epic battle - to get fit for Wimbledon final

Kevin Anderson faces another epic battle - to get fit for Wimbledon final

Anderson had a break point at 7-7 and at 10-10, but he missed the first one as Isner hit an ace and the second one as he erred on a backhand passing shot.

Isner has history for playing long matches at Wimbledon, having endured a 70-68 fifth-set tiebreak against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, a match which spanned three days. He is the second South African to reach the final, after Brian Norton 97 years ago.

The 32-year-old stunned the tennis world on Wednesday when he beat defending champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, while Isner beat Canadian Milos Raonic in his quarter-final match.

It was sheer madness as the second semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had to start under the roof, with a possibility of not finishing the match on Friday turning into reality when play was stopped mid-match.

The American fends off another break chance at 10-10 and this insane encounter has turned into the longest Wimbledon semi-final in terms of time and the number of games, passing the insane semi-final clash between Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek that Goran won 15-13 in the fifth.

"Just playing like that in those conditions was tough on both of us", added.

Anderson served for the match and it ended with Isner planting a forehand wide, the American's dream over.

So there's not much better an authority to weigh in on whether it's time for fifth-set tiebreakers at all Grand Slam tournaments. He played pretty well, I think, in the fifth set.

"I feel pretty bad", said Isner.

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While the match was tense, it was far from compelling, with both power players simply blasting serves past one another and trading service in the final set.

"I really hope we can look at it and address this, because at the end, you don't even feel that great out there". It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

Only seven of the previous 51 meetings between Nadal and Djokovic had been won by the player who lost the opening set, so it was a major boost to the Serb's hopes when he took the opener.

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

After all this was at 24-all in the fifth set of a semi-final against John Isner that had been going on for what seemed like forever but was in fact well past the 6-1/2 hour mark.

"He stayed the course incredibly well", said the No. 9 seed Isner, a 33-year-old American playing in his first major semifinal.

Anderson began his Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over qualifier Norbert Gombos before beating Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-4. The Spaniard fought off two break points to win the set in the ninth game. However many times he's lost to Djokovic in the past-and that includes the 2011 Wimbledon final-he's now No. 1 and coming off a major title in Paris, while Djokovic is still climbing his way back up the charts.

Instead, the two players - and a disappointed audience - were sent home after the third set on Friday with Djokovic leading 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9) after a tense tiebreaker that had more entertaining rallies than some entire matches.

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