Wimbledon 2018: Anderson Ousts American Isner in almost 7-Hour Semifinal

Wimbledon 2018: Anderson Ousts American Isner in almost 7-Hour Semifinal

"They've paid to see two matches, and they came pretty close to only seeing one match", Anderson said.

Those named Kevin Anderson are being offered a free "victory feast" for them and two friends - in honour of his three-set victory.

When Djokovic converted his second set point in the tiebreaker - having saved three of Nadal's - the clock had ticked a couple of minutes past 11.

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

Isner has been playing the tennis of his life this year, claiming a first Masters title and now on the threshold of a first Slam final, and he edgedMilos Raonic, whose body looked to be letting him down once more in a career ravaged with injury. And then followed this up with a 140mph ace and another service victor to win the game and level the set 5-5.

Occasionally there were outbreaks of tennis amid the thudding serves, with one 23-shot rally won by Anderson at 6-5 in the first set. In a fifth set that lasted 2 hours 55 minutes, Anderson never faced a break point.

The fifth set alone contained the number of games that would typically take up four sets.

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Proceeding on serve till 4-3, the match took a turn with Anderson capitalising on an error and then with a return of high-kicking serve that he tackled at the height of his face.

Anderson is trying to follow up his five-set win over Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, with both men appearing in their first semifinal at the All England Club. However, the American broke right back before forcing a tiebreak.

The marathon tie meant that the Nadal versus Djokovic semi-final was to be played under the roof as the light began to fade just after 8pm. Anderson won the opening set before Isner bounced back to take the next two.

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The match was the second longest in Wimbledon history - after Isner's 11-hour 2010 defeat of Nicolas Mahut - and Anderson was not in a celebratory mood after dragging himself off court.

Almost three punishing hours later they both left Centre Court with their title hopes still intact.

"I apologise if I'm not more excited right now, it's just coming through something like that leaves so many mixed emotions". Anderson had 49 aces in the victory.

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