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SA's Kevin Anderson foils John Isner to reach maiden Wimbledon final

14 July 2018

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. Djokovic, the three-time champion, saved three set points in the third set which finished two minutes past the 11 pm (2200GMT) tournament curfew.

The next serve of the match will be at 1pm on Saturday, which will likely delay the start of the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.

Rafael Nadal of Spain thanks the crowd after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their Men's Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2018 in London, England. "At the end, you feel like this is a draw".

The longest match ever seen on Centre Court went extraordinarily deep into the fifth set before Anderson broke Isner and served out for the win to seal a 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 26-24 win.

Anderson will now play the victor of either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

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They both served well in the remaining games and the 13th game was inevitable and Isner opened a 4-2 lead, only to lose the next point on serve that took the advantage away from him.

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.

Second seed Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began their semi-final encounter under the roof.

He can play a net game and now is the time to choose to, to mix things up.

Isner and Anderson smacked 102 aces during their lengthy showdown.

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Anderson became the first South African male to reach the final since 1921 with a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 victory on Centre Court.

At Wimbledon, there are no fifth-set tiebreaks, a rule with which Isner is extremely familiar, so one of the players was going to have to break the other's serve at least once in order to reach the final.

Only seven of the previous 51 meetings between Nadal and Djokovic had been won by the player who lost the opening set, so it was a major boost to the Serb's hopes when he took the opener.

"I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", Djokovic said.

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SA's Kevin Anderson foils John Isner to reach maiden Wimbledon final