Wimbledon 2018: Kevin Anderson victorious in tournament's longest ever semi-final

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It is the third-longest match in tennis history, falling short of the 11 hours and five minutes that it took for Isner to beat France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in their first-round match at Wimbledon in 2010.

Quotable: "We always played in important stages, important places", Nadal said of facing Djokovic.

"I really hope we can look at this and address this because in the end you don't even feel that great out there", the eighth seed said.
Brian Norton was the last South African man to reach the final in 1921.

Anderson suggested in the aftermath that change was needed at the Grand Slams to stop players from being forced to keep playing for so long. In most cases, this is still a compelling finish, but when you put two heavy-hitting goliaths against each other, what results is a six-hour slog that can cause delays across the tournament.

Anderson had beaten 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to reach the semifinal against Isner.

Anderson moves on to play Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in the men's 2018 Wimbledon final. And now he's lost the second-longest one ever played at the All England Club.

Although the game was dominated by big serving, there were some incredible highlights, including a key moment deep in the fifth set.

Having served 284 aces between them to reach their first Wimbledon semifinal, and with their last five matches decided in tiebreak sets only, not many service breaks were expected in the 12th match between Isner and Anderson, whose rivalry dates back to their college days in the U.S.

He fashioned three break points from the next rally and took the second, the first break in 49 games.

The 12th-seeded Peschke and Melichar came from a break down in the final set to see off the sixth-seeded pairing of Dabrowski of Canada and Xu of China. However, Melichar and Peschke won the next two games to seal it. Anderson served for the third at 5-3, got broken, then had a pair of set points in that tiebreaker, double-faulting one away. The record, funnily enough, was set by Isner.

In contrast, Anderson didn't concede a break-point in this set, taking one of the six offered by Isner under fading light. Anderson won the opening set before Isner bounced back to take the next two.

Some did see the amusing side, providing some alternative statistics to what was officially the longest ever Wimbledon semi-final.