Kevin Anderson, John Isner play second longest match in Wimbledon history

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Anderson, who had dethroned eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals in a five-set thriller, advanced to his second grand slam finals.

"I don't know what to say right now". "Just playing like that in those sort of conditions is really tough on both of us".

Maybe the most excruciating part of all is that Anderson now has to turn around and get ready for the championship on Sunday, while Isner has to face the harsh reality that this preposterous marathon match was all for naught. It finished 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (9/11) 6-4 26-24.

Although the All England Club has a retractable roof with lights, a curfew of 11 p.m.is implemented in order not to disturb its residential neighbors in southwest London. "It'll take a long time to process what's happened today but I'm into the final and that's a dream come true".

Anderson will now attempt overturn a losing record against both Nadal (5-0) and Djokovic (5-1).

But world No. 1 Nadal broke twice in the second set and fended off more break points to level the match. Mathieu won 18-16 in the fifth set of a match that last five hours and 41 minutes. "I actually ate before stretching, as well", he said. "My left heel is killing me". I apologize if I'm not more excited right now. The contest surpassed the previous record of 4 hours and 44 minutes set by Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in 2013. "I really feel for him because if I had been on the opposite side, I don't know how you can take that playing for so long and coming out short".

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.

Of the four Grand Slam tournaments, deciding set tiebreaks are only contested at the U.S. Open when the score is at 6-all.

Isner, who lost his second-round match in 2010 because he could barely move after beating Mahut, agreed.

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"I need a lot of treatment in terms of getting the body back balanced and stuff, but at the same time obviously sleep is important, too".

For the first time in 91 years, there will be a South African man in a Wimbledon singles final.

'This Isner vs Anderson semifinal is ridiculous and nearly a waste of time, ' wrote one Twitter user. In the course of the match, Isner delivered 53 aces, and Anderson responded with 49. Anderson's win over John Isner lasted 6 ½ hours and went to 26-24 in the fifth set. That one ranks 13th in men's tennis history.

Anderson saved three break points in the third game of the first set before Isner had to save a set point in the 10th.

As expected in a match between very tall men with booming serves, the first three sets were decided in tiebreakers. There was the deluge of aces (more than 100, in fact), the three tiebreakers, the final set that itself lasted almost three hours. Anderson finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty.

"We don't want it to be 70-68, John", someone shouted from the crowd at 8-8.

Isner defeated Yannick Maden 6-2 7-6 7-5 to open his tenth Wimbledon.

Anderson had already won the first point of the game but was blown back while returning yet another of Isner's monstrous serves.

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