6.5 hours of tennis: The Wimbledon semi-final epic

Author
NZ Herald Staff,
Section
Tennis,
Publish Date
Saturday, 14 July 2018, 12:53PM
John Isner of the United States stumbles as he returns the ball to South Africa's Kevin Anderson during their men's singles semifinals match at Wimbledon. (Photo / AP)
John Isner of the United States stumbles as he returns the ball to South Africa's Kevin Anderson during their men's singles semifinals match at Wimbledon. (Photo / AP)

Kevin Anderson outlasted John Isner in the second longest match ever played at Wimbledon, winning the fifth set of their semifinal 26-24 after more than 6 ½ hours.

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.

In a final set that lasted nearly 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 made it 0-30 in that game by winning a point after falling on his back behind the baseline but still got up in time to return Isner's shot.

Kevin Anderson outlasted John Isner in the second longest match ever played at Wimbledon, winning the fifth set of their semifinal 26-24 after more than 6 ½ hours.

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.

In a final set that lasted nearly 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 made it 0-30 in that game by winning a point after falling on his back behind the baseline but still got up in time to return Isner's shot.

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