Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kevin Anderson 2-2 John Isner in first set

Kevin Anderson 2-2 John Isner in first set

Cape Town - Kevin Anderson has progressed through to the Wimbledon final after beating American John Isner in a five-set thriller semi-final on Friday.

The South African needed six hours and 36 minutes to see off Isner 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 in a truly epic encounter featuring 102 aces and 96 service games.

As the fifth set dragged on and on, the American Isner appeared more visibly exhausted and had to survive more scares on his own serve than Anderson.

Whoever wins will set the final to face either Ralf Nadal or Novak Djokovic. Anderson won the opening set before Isner bounced back to take the next two.

Isner won the longest match at Wimbledon - or any other tournament - when he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes in 2010. Isner was representing the university of Georgia, while Anderson was at the university of IL.

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Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed. It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and longest one-day match in Wimbledon history.

He fashioned three break points from the next rally and took the second, the first break in 49 games.

The first men's semifinal has started at Wimbledon, with Kevin Anderson of South Africa taking on John Isner of the U.S. The victor will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic for the title on Sunday.

Isner then fell behind 0-30 three separate games on his own serve, including facing one break point, before coming back to hold.

Isner was famously apart of the longest match in tennis history.

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