Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wimbledon 2018: Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in record-breaking semi-final

Wimbledon 2018: Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in record-breaking semi-final

After beating eight-time champion Roger Federer, also over five sets in the quarter-finals, 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson claimed his 300th career win.

The final set alone lasted for two hours and 50 minutes. The Swiss was heading into the meeting as a favourite, he had not lost any set in his first four matches of the tournament.

Isner was serving first, with Anderson then having to hold each time in order to stay alive in the match.

In a final set that lasted almost 3 hours, Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive breakthrough to go 25-24 up - drawing a massive roar from the crowd.

John Isner of the United States stumbles as he returns the ball to South Africa's Kevin Anderson during their men's singles semifinals match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Friday July 13, 2018.

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He then converted his first match point when Isner sent a shot wide - after 6 hours, 36 minutes. Isner in particularly started to appear worn out at the set wore on. While Isner's match back in 2010 was a fun side note that helped garner interest in the tournament for fans it might not usually reach, to have a never-ending saga played in the semifinal doesn't look great for the sport.

Those named Kevin Anderson are being offered a free "victory feast" for them and two friends - in honour of his three-set victory. The two went back and forth all the way to 12-all, essentially playing a full sixth and seventh set.

Anderson notably broke Isner in the eighth game of the third set to lead 5-3, only to play an ill-advised forehand in the next game, which allowed his opponent to roar back from 15-30 down and break right back.

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Djokovic, meanwhile, is seeking a fifth final at the All England Club and 22nd at the Slams.

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