Anderson in Wimbledon final after 2nd longest ever Slam match

Anderson in Wimbledon final after 2nd longest ever Slam match

After six hours and 36 minutes, Anderson beat Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24.

Records tumbled as Anderson eventually overcame John Isner in the longest Wimbledon semi-final and second-longest grand slam match in history.

The match was the second-longest in professional tennis history, behind only Isner's record-setting 11-hour, five-minute first-round Wimbledon triumph over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

The 33-year-old agreed with Anderson that Wimbledon, the Australian Open and Roland Garros should fall in line with the US Open and introduce a tiebreak in the final set.

It was sheer madness as the second semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had to start under the roof, with a possibility of not finishing the match on Friday turning into reality when play was stopped mid-match. Just playing like that in those sort of conditions, it's really tough on both of us.

"I don't really know what to say right now", Anderson told the BBC, after winning the match on his first match points as Isner hit a forehand wide.

The US Open is the only major that includes a fifth-set tie-breaker and, in the aftermath of their slog, both players felt a similar rule should be introduced to the other grand slams.

"If you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker, too".

It seems they saved the best for the last, rattling off one good hold after another in the deciding set, with no deuces or break points in the opening 14 games, staying locked up at 7-7 before Isner saved a break point in the 15th game to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard. "I really hope we can look at this, because at the end you don't feel great", said the eighth seed who has less than 48 hours to get his worn out body ready for the biggest match of his life.

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Anderson, the No. 8 seed, ultimately prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24, with the fifth set alone lasting almost three hours.

"I think it's long overdue", Isner said. "I think I can keep doing damage here".

To say it was a close match would be drastically underselling what took place between the two players, whose history against one another dates back to their college days when Isner played at Georgia and Anderson played at IL.

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

With nobody budging on serve, a tie-break was needed to separate the pair and after some lung-busting rallies of epic proportions it was Djokovic who survived two set points before taking his own opportunity for the overnight advantage in a gripping contest. They combined for 102 aces: 53 by Isner, 49 by Anderson.

After watching Isner strike a tired forehand wide, Anderson advanced to the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking.

Anderson began his Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over qualifier Norbert Gombos before beating Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-4.

But world No.1 broke twice in the second set and fended off more break points to level the match.

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