South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson has reached his first Wimbledon final, beating American ninth seed John Isner 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (9/11) 6-4 26-24 in the longest semi-final in the tournament's history.
Anderson, who graduated from the University of IL, came through another marathon match to beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, winning their fifth set 13-11. He beat the defending champion 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that lasted over four hours.
Anderson had landed on his back giving a return from the baseline, losing his racquet in the process. Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed.
Just before the two-and-a-half hour mark, Anderson produced the first break of the match - the first time someone had broken the Isner serve throughout this tournament.More news: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit exposes Juncker health problems
It will be the second Grand Slam final for Anderson, who became the first South African male to reach the Wimbledon final since 1921.
As the fifth set dragged on and on, the American Isner appeared more visibly exhausted and had to survive more scares on his own serve than Anderson.
This put the 32-year-old Anderson in a good spot as Federer was not playing on his favourite Centre Court.
Isner then shrugged off needing treatment on a blistered serving hand, found time to usher a ladybird to safety before levelling the match in another tiebreak off his 19th ace.More news: Trump Baby Blimp Hits The Skies Of London During UK Visit
Isner is best known to many fans, particularly in Great Britain, for his astonishing contest with Nicolas Mahut on Court 18 at Wimbledon in 2010.
Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive break - drawing a massive roar from the crowd.
The two are meeting for the second time in ten years. Djokovic owns 12 Slam trophies, three from Wimbledon.
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