Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in Wimbledon semifinals

Saturday, 14 Jul, 2018

Kevin Anderson and John Isner were locked in the second-longest Wimbledon singles match on Friday (July 13).

Isner was famously apart of the longest match in tennis history.

He faced his friend and old college foe Kevin Anderson in the semifinals Friday, where he lost in a game that lasted more than six hours.

The 33-year-old American´s composure wasn´t helped by a delay caused by a ball boy slipping and falling. But once upon a time he starred at Page High and became an NCAA All-American player at Georgia.

The match could not end due to a quirk of Wimbledon and two of the other Grand Slams - the fifth set cannot end in a tiebreaker.

In a final set that lasted almost 3 hours, Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive breakthrough to go 25-24 up - drawing a massive roar from the crowd.

He then converted his first match point when Isner sent a shot wide - after 6 hours, 36 minutes.

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

"Just playing like that in those conditions was tough on both of us". It was a drama filled set that went back-and-forth, similar to the third set. He would go on to break the big American and then served out the match. However, Melichar and Peschke won the next two games to seal it.

It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and longest one-day match in Wimbledon history.

With a spot in the Wimbledon final on the line, the two power players beat each other to a standstill in a match that stretched nearly seven hours. He reached the final of the US Open a year ago before losing to Rafael Nadal.

Nadal, 32, is back in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic.