Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Inside the numbers of the ridiculous Kevin Anderson-John Isner Wimbledon semifinal

Inside the numbers of the ridiculous Kevin Anderson-John Isner Wimbledon semifinal

Wimbledon doesn't use tiebreakers in the fifth set for men, or third set for women, so there's nothing to prevent a match from going on and on and on - and that's precisely what Isner and Anderson did, often thanks to one ho-hum hold after another.

Friday's second Wimbledon men's semifinal between world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and three-time champion Novak Djokovic was suspended after three sets because of the tournament's 11 p.m. local time curfew in London.

The final set lasted for nearly three hours and delayed the second semi-final between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic for so long that they were unable to complete their match.

They walked out under a closed Centre Court roof at around 8pm, with officials anticipating darkness will fall before their semi-final match is resolved.

I made the semi-finals, my first ever Grand Slam semi-final. For us to be out there for this length of time, not just on us but coming back and trying to compete at this stage. "Just playing like that in those sort of conditions is really tough on both of us".

"I don't really know what to say right now", Anderson said.

Only one match at the All England Club has been longer: Isner's record-setting 2010 first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, which went more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth. 'I agree with Kevin', the American said.

"I feel pretty awful", Isner said afterward.

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"I've known John for such a long time, he is a great guy".

Victory in the semi-final would put him in a sixth Wimbledon final and 25th at the majors. Anderson broke Isner's serve for the first time in 110 service games at Wimbledon earlier in the set. The match shattered Wimbledon semifinal records for the number of games as well as duration - besting the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes. I believed it, but I knew he was close and had chances.

After saving set point Anderson conspired to double fault on his own set point moments later and Isner took advantage to gain command of the contest.

After taking out Federer in spectacular fashion from two sets down in their quarter-final, Anderson is a win away from a potential repeat of his 2017 US Open decider against Nadal. They combined for 102 aces: 53 by Isner, 49 by Anderson.

Djokovic and Nadal repeatedly slugged it out from the baseline, chasing down seemingly the impossible and hitting spectacular winners from every corner.

The 12-time Grand Slam victor, who lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2011, 2014 and 2015, is back in a major final for the first time since the 2016 US Open.

Anderson's prize for his bittersweet victory over his former USA college friend and rival is a date on Sunday with either world No.1 Nadal or fellow grand slam giant Djokovic.

But the Serb could not keep the momentum going in the second, wagging his finger skywards when he netted a forehand to drop serve in the fourth game.

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