Wimbledon: Kevin Anderson through to final after marathon semi-final against John Isner

  • 14/07/2018

Kevin Anderson is through to the final at Wimbledon after defeating John Isner in a record-breaking semi-final.

The South African needed six hours and 36 minutes to see off Isner 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 in a truly epic encounter featuring 102 aces and 96 service games.

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

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

"Just playing like that in those conditions, it was really tough for both of us.        

"John's such a great guy and I really feel for him because, if I'd been on the opposite side, I don't know if I could take that, playing for so long and coming up short.               

"You feel like this is a draw for the two of us but somebody has to win. 

"So I apologise if I'm not more excited right now because the mix of emotions getting through something like that is quite different."

It's the longest ever semi-final at a grand slam and delayed the start of the Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal semi-final.

Anderson becomes the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon decider since Brian Norton in 1921.