Anderson in Wimbledon final after 2nd longest ever Slam match

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Isner, who famously unleashed 113 aces on Nicolas Mahut in his 11-hour, five-minute Wimbledon victory over the Frenchman in 2010, leads Anderson 8-3 head to head.

The clash surpassed the previous longest Wimbledon semi-final, between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in 2013, which lasted four hours and 44 minutes. John Isner of the US reacts during his semi final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

"It was really tough for both of us".

"He stayed the course incredibly well", said the No. 9 seed Isner, a 33-year-old American playing in his first major semifinal.

"I feel like she's been playing really well, ".

"It's long overdue", said Isner, who suggested changing the rule to using a tiebreaker at 12-all in the fifth set.

The match between Isner and Anderson - the first South African male to reach the Wimbledon final since Brian Norton in 1921 - featured 102 aces, with only 22 rallies going to nine points or more.

The second semifinal of the day, pitting Rafael Nadal against Novak Djokovic, was easily the most highly-anticipated match of the tournament so far - and its start was delayed well over three hours as the city of London waited for either Isner or Anderson to blink.

This will be the 52nd meeting between 17-time major champion Nadal and 12-time major champ Djokovic, more than any other two men ever have played each other. An 11 p.m. curfew is imposed on night matches at Wimbledon.

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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.

The Anderson-Isner match, the second-longest in Wimbledon history, marked the second time in a 48-hour span that Anderson had played a marathon fifth set at the All England Club. The victor of the match will face off against the victor of John Isner and Kevin Anderson.

The last set alone lasted five minutes shy of three hours and Anderson said it was unfair on both players. That one ranks 13th in men's tennis history. He saved three set points in the tiebreaker, then converted his second set point when Nadal netted a backhand.

Kevin Anderson and John Isner began their semi-final contest on Centre Court on Friday. Isner wasted a set point in the opener. All Anderson did was eliminate Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, erasing a match point and a two-set deficit.

This time, there was to be no tiebreak as the final set at Wimbledon is traditionally decided by a difference of two games.

He had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner, who had needed treatment for blisters on his right hand, hit long.

John Isner of the U.S.in action during his semi final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

There was double disappointment for Isner, who had to endure urine and blood tests after his defeat and apologised for being late for his post-match news conference.

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