Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Anderson outslugs Isner in epic match to reach Wimbledon final

Anderson outslugs Isner in epic match to reach Wimbledon final

In a battle of the big-servers, eighth seed Kevin Anderson takes on ninth seed John Isner with both men looking to reach their first Wimbledon final. But after each man had won 24 games in the first set, Anderson finally broke through and took the match, employing one of the most impressive shots of the tournament thus far to do it.

After the break, Anderson closed out the match on his serve 26-24, after more than six and a half hours.

Anderson agreed, adding: 'I really hope we can address this'.

"John is a great guy and I feel for him", Anderson told the BBC after Friday's match.

While the Isner-Anderson marathon was taking place on Centre Court, there was another epic match being played under the radar over on Court 3.

John Isner was leading Kevin Anderson 12-11 in the deciding set with the match having crossed the five-hour mark.

Novak Djokovic was leading Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) in a compelling showdown filled with entertaining points that was suspended as soon as the third set concluded at just past 11 p.m., the curfew at the All England Club. "I was pretty close to making a Grand Slam final and it didn't happen". In most cases, this is still a compelling finish, but when you put two heavy-hitting goliaths against each other, what results is a six-hour slog that can cause delays across the tournament.

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This was his 300th ATP win, reaching his second Grand Slam final and becoming the first South African in the final of Wimbledon after Brian Norton in 1921!

Everyone knew the Wimbledon semifinal between John Isner and Kevin Anderson was going to be a slog, and it well and truly lived up to the billing.

Prediction: Anderson in four sets. After getting to 40-0 on serve, Anderson was pulled back to deuce but made the most of the fourth break-point, winning the set 6-4. Another set point came at 9-8, but this time on Isner's serve, who saved it with a 138 miles-per-hour serve.

Isner and Anderson were no strangers to each other, facing off all the way back to their college days, when Isner defeated Anderson, who played at IL, in the 2007 NCAA Men's Team Final. There was this: the tumble Anderson took late in the match, only to somehow hop up, hit the ball left handed and ultimately claim the point - all as the typically stoical Wimbledon crowd gasped and screamed above them.

Quotable: "I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now".

"I feel pretty bad", Isner said afterward.

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