Anderson sympathises with Isner after marathon clash

American Isner reaches 1st Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon

American Isner reaches 1st Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon

Battle will resume on Saturday with the Serb leading 6-4 3-6 7-6 (9) and needing one more set to book a Sunday showdown with South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

The two didn't begin their semifinal until after 8 p.m., as they had to wait out the conclusion of the 6-hour, 36-minute five-set marathon between John Isner and Kevin Anderson.

"So do I. I think it will be just like the last final; it will be a really good final".

The match is likely to re-open the debate about allowing tie-breakers in the final set at Wimbledon.

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The ninth-seeded Isner was denied the chance to become the first American man to reach a Grand Slam final since Andy Roddick lost to Roger Federer in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

That was played over on Court 18, which now bears a plaque commemorating the record-setter.

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John Isner and Kevin Anderson were level at 20-20 with the match, which has crossed six hours, the second-longest singles contest ever at the All England Club.

The last set alone lasted five minutes shy of three hours and Anderson said it was unfair on both players.

Prediction: Anderson in four sets. At 6-5, Anderson saved a set point with a smash, and went on to take the first set 7-6 (8) in 63 minutes on two errors by his opponent.

He fashioned three break points from the next rally and took the second, the first break of the set.

THEY say there's no such thing as a free lunch but if you share a name with one of two famous tennis players you could be enjoying just that this week. But possibly under scoreboard pressure, the American's own service game wobbled when he was down 4-5, giving Anderson a break-point - and a set-point.

Regardless of how you felt when the match started - or who you were rooting for - it felt like pretty much everyone was begging for a conclusion by the time this one wrapped up. Anderson finally came through on his sixth to lead 25-24, then served out the victory when Isner sailed a forehand wide. The record, funnily enough, was set by Isner.

The American fends off another break chance at 10-10 and this insane encounter has turned into the longest Wimbledon semi-final in terms of time and the number of games, passing the insane semi-final clash between Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek that Goran won 15-13 in the fifth.

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