Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

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

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

It was, inevitably, a match of big serves galore, with an 129mph second serve from Isner a highlight, but both offered plenty off the ground too in an engaging five-set encounter.

Isner and Anderson were no strangers to each other, facing off all the way back to their college days, when Isner defeated Anderson, who played at IL, in the 2007 NCAA Men's Team Final.

That inconsistency was eliminated in an absorbing final set before Anderson produced a moment of magic.

And he made it clear Grand Slam tournament organisers should consider a rule change - perhaps introducing a tie-break at 6-6 - to make the deciding set of five-set matches less gruelling. The two went back and forth all the way to 12-all, essentially playing a full sixth and seventh set.

He couldn´t capitalise, however, and was broken straight back before Isner claimed the ensuing tiebreak having saved two set points.

There was some fear that the match would be stopped when rain began to fall in the fifth, and the grounds crew sprung into position, but play continued.

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Isner then fell behind 0-30 three separate games on his own serve, including facing one break point, before coming back to hold.

He didn't get nervous and Roger was just a little off with the forehand and that was enough for Anderson to sneak through.' Federer will now enjoy a few relaxing weeks with family and friends, will comeback during the North American hard-court season, in Toronto or Cincinnati.

The final set alone lasted for two hours and 50 minutes.

As a result, where wasn't much aesthetics involved and the longest rally during the whole match was nine shots but both men had their moments of brilliance, with Anderson impressing with some of his backhand winners.

Only one match at the All England Club has been longer: Isner's record-setting 2010 first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, which went more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth.

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