Anderson into Wimbledon final after second longest ever Grand Slam singles match

Anderson into Wimbledon final after second longest ever Grand Slam singles match

The Spaniard converted two out of three opportunities to break serve in the second set. That's also the past year Djokovic and Nadal met at the All-England Club, with Djokovic winning 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in the final. The Serbian 12th seed fired five aces and 14 winners.

Nadal and Djokovic had a start time of 11:30 a.m. ET.

South Africa's tennis gladiator Kevin Anderson was so exhausted after a six-hour 35-minute marathon against John Isner that he was barely able to enjoy the finest moment of his career - reaching the Wimbledon final. "It's pretty tough in the format that we have right now, especially at Slams".

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.

"At the same time, I'm through to the final. Wow. I mean, it's just who's going to outlast each other", said Anderson, a 32-year-old from South Africa who is seeking his first major trophy.

Anderson had nearly surely forced the game back to deuce with a close-range dink over the net, but a exhausted Isner somehow stormed across the court to slam home a passing victor.

When their semi-final ticked past the 5-hour 31-minute mark, it beat the previous mark set by Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey in the third round in 2012.

The Canadian and partner Yifan Xu of China, seeded sixth, lost to No. 12 seeds Nicole Melichar of the US, and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday.

Djokovic missed a return as the clock ticked to 11pm but on the final lung-busting rally it was Nadal who faltered.

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It surpassed the four hours and 44 minutes Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro took in 2013.

Melichar and Peschke will play the victor of the second semifinal between No. 3 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic and the unseeded pair of Alicja Rosolska of Poland and Abigail Spears of the U.S. The third seeds face American Nicole Melichar and Czech Kveta Peschke, seeded 12th, in the title match.

Both players had set points on their own serve, and both were denied until Anderson scooped a forehand wide and Isner was ahead.

But he broke right back with some courageous aggressive play, taking this set as well to a tie-break, which witnessed some incredible tennis and some dramatic mini-breaks and nervous double-faults.

Anderson took the first, with Isner edging the next two to carry a 2-1 lead into the fourth set.

Anderson's win was only the first semifinal of the day.

This is the latest instalment of the most contested rivalry in the men's game, and what a battle it is expected to be. Earlier, at 5-5, ninth seed Isner made it 100 straight service games unbroken in this year's tournament.

When the match does resume Saturday, the players will have to agree whether to continue play under the same conditions, with the roof closed, or to have it open.

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