Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Greensboro native John Isner eliminated in Wimbledon semifinals

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Shannon Reynolds | 13 July, 2018, 23:56

Kevin Anderson is pleading for All England Club officials to introduce deciding tiebreakers after outlasting great mate John Isner in the longest Wimbledon semi-final in history. It was a marathon game.

The marathon tie meant that the Nadal v Djokovic semi-final was to be played under the roof as the light began to fade just after 8pm.

If Kevin Anderson was facing John Isner in the first week of Wimbledon, it's hard to imagine it being played any higher than Court 18 and yet the big-serving duo thrashed it out on Centre Court in the semi-finals.

The 33-year-old won a near three-hour long final set to become the first South African Wimbledon men's singles finalist since Brian Norton in 1921, prevailing 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24.

The match shattered Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games (the previous record was 72) as well as duration - besting the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes.

Though it was some way short of Isner's three-day epic against Nicolas Mahut back in 2010.

After beating eight-time champion Roger Federer, also over five sets in the quarter-finals, 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson claimed his 300th career win.

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The victor will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic for the title on Sunday.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

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

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.

Isner then fell behind 0-30 three separate games on his own serve, including facing one break point, before coming back to hold.

Roanic, the 13th seed, required strapping to his right thigh in the first set and had treatment later in the match, but Isner deserved this victory.

Anderson will play again in the final on Sunday - hopefully there, a victor will be decided in four sets or less.

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