Kevin Anderson gave classy interview after winning 6-hour Wimbledon semifinal


It has been scheduled as TBA - to be arranged - and will not start before 5pm local time on Saturday. Just playing like that in those sort of conditions, just really tough on both of us.

John Isner is 8-3 in his career against Kevin Anderson.

The No. 8 seed beat the No. 9 Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24.

The regulations at SW19 stipulate that once you close the roof on a match, it has to finish under cover, forcing Nadal and Djokovic to play on Centre Court once again. Standing in her way is 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber in a repeat of Williams' last match at Wimbledon prior to maternity leave.

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The next set proved to be similar to the opener with no breaks of serve and needed another tiebreaker to separate the two, which Isner won 7-5 to tie things up at a set apiece.

For now, though, let's allow Anderson the relief and joy of having won the longest Wimbledon semifinal in history by a long shot: Friday's match easily broke the previous records for number of games (72) and duration (a measly five hours and 31 minutes). Hopefully they appreciated the battle that we faced out there against each other, but if you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tie-breaker, too. "Can't finish them off, if one person can't finish the other off before 12-All, then do a tiebreaker there", Isner said. "I've hit a lot of left-handed balls throughout my life".

"So, I apologise if I'm not more excited right many mixed emotions in getting through something like that". "I really hope we can look at this, because at the end you don't feel great", said Anderson who has been on court for over 21 hours at these championships.

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The final set alone lasted for two hours and 50 minutes.

The almost endless semifinal saga had many arguing for a deciding set tiebreak, from ESPN commentator John McEnroe to Anderson himself.

"I hope this is a sign for Grand Slams to change". The match marked the second-longest in tournament's history, behind only his meeting with Mahut.

"I personally think a sensible option would be 12-All".

"He's got a tough task ahead of him", summed up John Isner on Friday after the American came off second best in a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 war of attrition.

Isner's 53 aces meant he beat Goran Ivanisevic's Wimbledon record haul - the Croatian sent down 213 in 2001 - but the 214th he served was his last of the tournament. At 13-13 in the final set, one spectator screamed "we want to see Rafa!" There were two crucial moments in the opening set before the tie break, when Anderson saved three break points in game three to survive an early scare and in game 10 when John repelled a set point. Anderson still returned Isner's next lob, then switched the racket from his left hand to his right before finishing off the point. The most important came with Isner serving at 24-24.

Repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No", even when Anderson held break points at 7-all, 10-all and 17-all.

Djokovic set himself up to take the first set with strong service games, facing no break points, and broke in the seventh game before sealing it with a forehand victor.