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

Grant SmithJul 14, 2018

Prediction: Anderson in four sets.

That's how the U.S. Open settles things at 6-all in the fifth set of a men's singles match - or at 6-all in the third set for women - and has since 1970. The Serbian 12th seed fired five aces and 14 winners.

Nadal, 32, is back in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic.

Kevin Anderson called for changes to the fifth set format at Grand Slams after a marathon Wimbledon semifinal win over John Isner on Friday.

"I don't really know what to say right now", Anderson told the BBC.

"At the same time I'm through to the final". Before today, that match held the title of longest ever Wimbledon semi-final. Djokovic cashed in on his second when Nadal's backhand found the net after an 18-stroke exchange. Of those 11 matches, all bar one has been played on a hard court, with the sole exception coming on the grass at Queen's in 2008 where Isner won 7-6 6-4.

The Wimbledon semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is their 52nd tour-level meeting, more than any other two men in tennis history.

Isner had already featured in the longest men's tennis match in history, when he beat French player Nicolas Mahut in the 2010 Wimbledon championship, taking the final set on a scarcely believable scoreline of 70-68.

Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka beat the British pair of Jay Clarke and Harriet Dart 6-2 6-2 to storm into the mixed doubles final. Both Isner and Anderson said they'd like to see that change.

The reason the match went on for so long comes down to one of Wimbledon's quirks - a five-set match can not end on a tiebreaker, a tradition shared at the French Open and the Australian Open.

Melichar and Peschke will play the victor of the second semifinal between No. 3 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic and the unseeded pair of Alicja Rosolska of Poland and Abigail Spears of the U.S. However, Melichar and Peschke won the next two games to seal it.

When Anderson finally broke Isner, he halted the American's streak of 110 consecutive holds at Wimbledon.

But he broke right back with some courageous aggressive play, taking this set as well to a tie-break, which witnessed some incredible tennis and some dramatic mini-breaks and nervous double-faults.

The roller-coaster match saw Dabrowski and Xu fight off three match points before tying it at 5-5 in the third set.

Anderson had a break and set point chance at 5-4, but Isner fired down a gutsy 129mph unreturned second serve to keep himself in contention.

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