Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Final Four: Which two will reach the Wimbledon title match?

Final Four: Which two will reach the Wimbledon title match?

John Isner and Kevin Anderson played a six-hour match in the Wimbledon semifinal due to a fifth set that refused to end.

"For us to be out there for that amount of time, I really hope we can address this", the South African, who won the fifth set 26-24 to beat Isner, said.

The match went a Wimbledon semifinals record 99 games and broke the record for length for a semifinal at the All England Club, which was previously 1:52.

Anderson suggested in the aftermath that change was needed at the Grand Slams to stop players from being forced to keep playing for so long.

It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and longest one-day match in Wimbledon history.

WIMBLEDON, England-When John Isner and Kevin Anderson walked on to Centre Court for their semifinal match on Friday, everyone knew they would play for hours. But Anderson roared back, outlasting the great Swiss to win 2-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 13-11.

Isner is still seeking his first Grand Slam final appearance.

Anderson finished with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners.

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The 32-year-old will face the victor of the match between former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - that match started after 20:00 BST, once the Wimbledon Centre Court roof was closed to allow floodlights to be switched on.

The game dragged on for a total of six hours and 36 minutes, with the final set alone taking two hours and 54 minutes. The Spaniard converted two out of three opportunities to break serve in the second set.

When Isner finally slapped a tired forehand wide at 7.46pm local time, there were no wild roars, no fist pumping and no raised arms in celebration from Anderson. Finally, Isner wrapped it up 11-9 with a deep return that set up the point. 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.

Although the game was dominated by big serving, there were some incredible highlights, including a key moment deep in the fifth set.

The other men's semifinal features two big servers bidding for a first major championship: Kevin Anderson of South Africa and John Isner of the U.S. There were two crucial moments in the opening set before the tie break, when Anderson saved three break points in game three to survive an early scare and in game 10 when John repelled a set point.

"Rafa and Djokovic, I don't even know, can they finish tonight?"

"I feel pretty bad", Isner said afterward.

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