6-4, 26-24 victory that lasted more than six hours, Anderson advances to the Wimbledon Final on Sunday, when he will play the victor of the other semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. You try to get into your opponent's return game, so you have some way of getting over the finish line.
That mark was set by another five-setter between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.
The Canadian and partner Yifan Xu of China, seeded sixth, lost 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to No. 12 seeds Nicole Melichar of the US, and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday. Isner, who is yet to drop serve at the tournament, has hit 160 aces compared to Anderson's 123.
Two medical time-outs for the big American hinted at a chance for Anderson, and the South African took advantage with a big break and serving out to level up at two sets apiece.
Kevin Anderson has won the first set of his Wimbledon semifinal against John Isner 7-6 (6). Isner and Anderson, both giants capable of enormous serves, just kept blasting the ball past each other, trading service and sides of the court as the rules dictated, but rarely ever competing in a compelling rally.
He finally broke the 33-year-old American in the 49th game of the decider after coming close in a couple of earlier games and looked impassive as he held his nerve to secure victory.
Isner double-faulted to set up a set point for Anderson when serving at 5-4, but he saved it with a 129 miles per hour second serve that the South African couldn't return.
The 32-year-old Anderson will vie for the title on Sunday against the victor of the match between Nadal, the world No. 1, and three-time champion Novak Djokovic.
Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
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