Kevin Anderson - John Isner
Wimbledon men - 13 July 2018
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GAME, SET AND MATCH! - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 26-24 ISNER. After a record-breaking six hours and 34 minutes on court, Kevin Anderson books his place in the 2018 Wimbledon final by serving out the match to 15. A tight volley has the Centre Court crowd murmuring before he gets his act together and bulldozes his way over the line.
BREAK! - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 25-24 ISNER. What a point from Anderson to snare 0-30 again. He slips and gets up to reach a shot with his left hand before an error from Isner. The American looks spent and watches on as Ando easily passes him for 0-40. The South African sees one go, but then benefits from another tired backhand into the net from his opponent. Anderson FINALLY breaks - and will now serve for the match.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 24-24 ISNER. The Isman is pretty much making zero impression on the Anderson serve. All square.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 23-24 ISNER. This is ridiculous. Anderson continues to fail from 0-30. Isner fighting so hard to stay alive in this match.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 23-23 ISNER. Isner blows an easy forehand into the net at 15-0 down and with Anderson at his mercy. It effectively ends his latest bid to do anything on the South African No.8 seed's serve as he quickly moves on to take it to love.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 22-23 ISNER. Anderson clearly needs 0-40 if he's going to break. He gets to 0-30 again but can't do anything from there. Isner challenges an incorrect 'out' call on his serve and wins the point when Hawkeye shows it's in.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 22-22 ISNER. Some lovely hands from Big John get him to 15-15 after a face-off at the net. It's a rare exchange that does engage the crowd before Ando reels off some cheap points to ease level.
IF it starts...
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 21-22 ISNER. Deja vu for Anderson as 0-30 with the aid of a double fault obliterates before his eyes. The South African then dumps a very make-able crosscourt attempt into the net but gets another chance to have a nibble when Isner follows suit. Sadly for Big Kev, he can't make any impact from there and the Isman comes through again.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 21-21 ISNER. The crowd get over-excited at 0-15. It must be tough for the players to know the spectators are fed up of them. It matters not anyhow, as Anderson reaches parity with a hold to 30.
Wonder what Rafa's doing? Air hockey?
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 20-21 ISNER. Lots of spectators rushing out for a break at the sit-down. Spare a though for the Umpire, who hasn't moved from here chair once.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 20-20 ISNER. The fat lady was warming up to sing a couple of hours back, but now she's packed up and gone for a coffee.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 19-20 ISNER. Someone should send Nadal and Djokovic into the Centre Court corner and get them to tap their watches. That may inject some fear into someone to do a bit more on the return game.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 19-19 ISNER. After five hours and 56 minutes... Anderson holds again. As you were.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 18-19 ISNER. The organisers need to do something about this for the future. The crowd aren't going to be happy if they miss out on Nadal v Djokovic as a result of this fifth-set serve-fest.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 18-18 ISNER. Anderson has handled the added pressure of serving second as if it's nothing. He cruises to another love hold.
You've got to wonder what's going to happen with Nadal v Djokovic now.
This match just keeps running.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 17-18 ISNER. A great effort from Isner. He saves two break points with aces before a hefty service winner and a crosscourt pass somehow see him wriggle out of trouble.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 17-17 ISNER. It's a love hold and the crowd are getting agitated now. There's little tennis to actually enjoy between the big serves as both players try to conserve energy.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 16-17 ISNER. The Isman chalks up ace number 50 as he takes the game to 15.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 16-16 ISNER. There's been plenty of discussion on social media about whether this match was the bore-fest many predicted. Many defended it in the early parts of the match, but now it is just a case of two big servers slugging it out. Anderson barely breaks sweat holding to love.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 15-16 ISNER. The Isner serve is doing a lot of the hard work for him. Anderson tries to threaten but can't do enough.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 15-15 ISNER. Ando follows up wonderful net coverage with a loose forehand long. He then blunders when he's caught out by a horrible bounce. Fortunately for him he was already 40-0 to the good and gets off the hook when Isner guides an attempted pass into the tramlines.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 14-15 ISNER. The Isman easily takes the game to 15.
It seems like a no-brainer - and yet this....
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 14-14 ISNER. It doesn't look like Isner has enough in the tank to force the issue on his return game now. Anderson not really feeling any pressure when he's serving to stay in it.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 13-14 ISNER. The Big Bertha serve comes to Isner's assistance after Ando had threatened deuce from 40-0 down.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 13-13 ISNER. Anderson still looking cool and composed as he ties it up - AGAIN!
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 12-13 ISNER. Isner lurches into the net to rasp a forehand winner way beyond Anderson's reach to take it to 30.
You're not alone there!
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 12-12 ISNER. Eat, serve, ace, repeat. Anderson ties it once more.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 11-12 ISNER. A much-needed hold to love for Isner as he continues to lead the way.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 11-11 ISNER. Ando corks a forehand winner right to the corner of Isner's right wing and it's another hold to 15. He kept his nerve in this situation against Federer in the last round and that experience against the King of SW19 is serving him well here.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 10-11 ISNER. That's heartbreaking for Anderson. He again races 0-30 to the good. Isner battles back, but the South African digs in to earn a BP. There is a sense of anticipation around the court, but he miscues horribly as Big John rampaged into the net. The American edges ahead from deuce and then races onto an angled volley to guide a pass down the line.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 10-10 ISNER. On we go. Ando hits back from 0-15 and then double faults at 40-15 before a crunching wide serve edges him into double figures for the set.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 9-10 ISNER. It's now the longest ever Wimbledon men's semi final of all-time - and it could have some miles in it yet. Ando threatens at 0-30 but some brilliant play, low at the net digs Isner out of a hole. He can barely get up after making it 30-30 but an ace and another ruthless volley keep his nose in front.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 9-9 ISNER. The Centre Court crowd gets excited as Isner fights back from 40-15 to deuce. However, a timely ace helps Ando reassert his authority and he's all square once more.
Nadal and Djokovic right now.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 8-9 ISNER. "We don't want it to be 70-68 John!"
It's the shout from a spectator in the crowd and draws a wry smile out of Isner. He doesn't either, but he refuses to let Ando have a look-in this time. It's a hold to 15 and he maintains that scoreboard pressure.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 8-8 ISNER. Anderson cruises through the love hold. Both players clearly fatigued, but there is a place in the Wimbledon final on the line after all!
Scary thought. Come on, SOMEBODY just break serve...
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 7-8 ISNER. Isner plays two great volleys and then fires an ace down the middle T to get to 30-30 after Ando had really cranked up the heat. The South African then corks a shot low to the American's feet to earn a break point, but Isner clouts down another ace and screams his approval at the next two points as he survives with some gritty tennis.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 7-7 ISNER. No sign of nerves there. Ando surges through a love hold - and on we go!
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 6-7 ISNER. The Isman takes his seat after clocking up a routine hold to 15. Anderson trying to stay focused in his chair. More time for him to get twitchy. Any error now and it'll be curtains.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 6-6 ISNER. A bruising forehand from Isner edges him 15-30 up, but two blocks long under fire move Ando ahead before a beast of a first serve drags the South African over the line. All square. Sudden death now - no tie break.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 5-6 ISNER. Ando unloads a big return but can't keep the rallies going long enough to really turn the screw as Isner slams the door shut to take it to 30.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 5-5 ISNER. One or two signs Ando was feeling the pressure serving to stay in it there. He gives himself a big 'Come on!' when Isner fires long for 30-0. The American then slips at 30-15 to allow Ando to whip a forehand winner beyond him, and with it goes the Isman's hopes on this occasion.
Incredible numbers from John and Big Bertha.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 4-5 ISNER. Big John rattles down ace No.40 and gets the job done to 15. The American will now take a seat and see the trainer. Looks like the blister on the right finger is getting a fresh dressing.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 4-4 ISNER. Anderson holds to love, polishing it off with a 29th ace of the contest. This set has been something of a serving procession.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 3-4 ISNER. The Isman thunders down a 39th ace to ease through after Ando had snared his only point on return with a cute volley.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 3-3 ISNER. The South African No.8 seed breezes through a perfect hold to tie it up.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 2-3 ISNER. A crunching forehand to the postage stamp, ace No.37 and a service winner help Big John through with the minimum of fuss.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 2-2 ISNER. Kev Dog holds to 15. No fireworks just yet.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 1-2 ISNER. Big Bertha brings the heat and it's a love hold. Isner up to 36 aces now. Ando isn't too shabby with 25, mind you.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 1-1 ISNER. At 15-15 Isner misses a fizzing crosscourt forehand by a whisker and that's all it needs for Ando to pull clear. All square.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 0-1 ISNER. A trio of aces and a big serve that's returned wide get Isner off to the perfect start in Set 5. Remember, there are no tie breaks now. It could get epic!
SET - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 ISNER. This time Kev Dog just about holds his nerve and serves out the fourth set from deuce after blowing a 40-0 lead.
We are heading into a decider. We could be here a while!
BREAK! - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 5-4 ISNER. That's a shocker for Isner. From 30-15 up he pretty much throws the game away. An unforced error off the backhand gifts Ando a glimmer of a chance and he duly converts with a crisp crosscourt pass off the same flank. Now, can Ando finally hold when it matters. He will serve to take us to a decider.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 4-4 ISNER. An easy hold to love for Anderson. He seems to follow up a break of his serve with some clutch deliveries in the next game. Plenty of 'if only' moments for the South African so far.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 3-4 ISNER. The Isman gets lucky on the final point as he plays a forehand straight to Ando, who can only hook wide at 40-30. Big Bertha wasn't quite purring there for the American as he coughed up two double faults, but he still took his ace tally up to the 30 mark and, most importantly, has his nose in front on the board.
BREAK! - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 3-3 ISNER. Incredible! Did Ando choke again or was that just brilliant from Isner? The American bites right back with a return winner and forehand pass applying some pressure and helping him towards a break point. Anderson ventures to the net with a deep approach, but Big John corks a backhand up the line to nick the game. Fist pump time!
BREAK! - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 3-2 ISNER. Wow! That is sensational from Anderson. The South African conjures up three superb returns - including two winners - to pull off a magnificent break from 40-15 down.
You said it.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 2-2 ISNER. Ando plays catch up with aplomb as he drops just the one point.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 1-2 ISNER. The American No.9 seed rattles to a love hold. He's got his eyes firmly focused on a first Grand Slam final appearance.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 1-1 ISNER. Ando fends off a slight bit of pressure at 40-30 to get on the board.
I'll say it again - this type of match should just go straight to the tie break. They provide great drama. The games leading up to it are just lacking in comparison.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 0-1 ISNER. Big John is buoyant. Ando took a medical time-out, but it hasn't affected the American. He blitzes his way to a love hold to open the set with a love hold.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-7 ISNER. The Isman has turned it around. From one set down to 2-1 up! He takes the third breaker 11-9, but Anderson only has himself to blame. He served for the set at 5-3 and then double faulted serving for it again in the TB.
TB LATEST: Isner's 26th ace of the match saves set point No.2 for Ando. It's 9-9 at the change of ends.
TB LATEST: The South African is broken and faces the Isner serve on the American's second set point at 7-6. He saves it with a brilliant passing shot and then breaks again to turn the TB on its head. Ando then serves a double fault looking to serve it out! It's 8-8! Great drama!
TB LATEST: It's still finely poised. There was a break apiece, but Ando slams down a service winner to stave off set point and level at 6-6.
TB LATEST: It's 3-3 at the change of ends. Tight.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-6 ISNER. Big John does his job with some solid nerves at 30-30 and it's time for the tie-break - episode 3. This is huge for both players, but you get the sense Ando needs this more given the missed opportunity so late in this set.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 6-5 ISNER. Ando wishing he'd produced this hold a few moments earlier. He holds to love and clocks up ace No.20.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 5-5 ISNER. And we are at 5-5, like we all expected, but via a completely different route! Isner moves on to 23 aces with a hold to 15.
BREAK! - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 5-4 ISNER. Crazy, crazy stuff! Isner breaks right back! That's got to hurt for Ando who missed a make-able forehand at 30-15 before being undone by some positive play by the Isman at the net.
BREAK! - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 5-3 ISNER. Wow! Isner's incredible run of service holds comes to an end! Ando finds his return mojo and takes down the American to 15. He will now serve for a 2-1 lead!
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 4-3 ISNER. Not much beyond holds to love or to 15 now. It's the latter for Ando as we approach the business end of the set.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 3-3 ISNER. When serve machines like these guys lock horns they should just agree to go straight to tie breaks. That would be quite a fun watch really.
Isner keeps us on track for tie-break episode 3.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 3-2 ISNER. It's the pattern of matches like this that make you think they need to introduce a fifth-set tie break....
Meanwhile, Anderson holds to 15.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 2-2 ISNER. The Isman motors through a love hold. He's up to 21 aces now. Ando has 17. It's been a serving masterclass for the large part, but not enough to fully engage the Centre Court crowd.
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 2-1 ISNER. Still with serve early in Set 3. What odds that this one concludes with another tie break?
ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 1-0 ISNER. Big Kev shrugs off the disappointment of his slow and rather costly start to the second-set tie break to get things under way again with a love hold.
Mike's loving it really!
SET! - ANDERSON 7-6 6-7 ISNER. It's all square. Ando snares a mini break back and then saves two set points on his own serve before Isner takes the TB 7-5 with an ace. Strap yourself in, we could be here some time.
TB LATEST: Isner is in total control. He clocks up back-to-back mini breaks with some sizzling returns before some hefty serving help him to a healthy 5-1 lead at the change of ends.
Yep, but Isner was the better player in Set 1 and look what happened there...
ANDERSON 7-6 6-6 ISNER. The Isman wants this break and starts with some super, dominant work at the net. Ando retorts as if it's just knockabout. He brushes off the supposed pressure and reels off a succession of easy points before a tight forehand has the crowd gasping and wondering. Big Kev dismisses the murmur with an emphatic ace down the middle T and secures his spot in tie break No.2.
ANDERSON 7-6 5-6 ISNER. Anderson has definitely posed more questions in this set, but Isner responds at 30-30 with an 18th ace and a service winner to do his part. Over to Ando to see if it's TB or not TB.
ANDERSON 7-6 5-5 ISNER. A rasping deep return forces an error off the Ando forehand, but it's the best Isner can muster. The South African No.8 seed easily holds again. Do not adjust your browser, the tie break: episode two will be on shortly.
ANDERSON 7-6 4-5 ISNER. The best game of the set so far almost sees Anderson unlock the seemingly impenetrable serve of the Isman. However, the American makes deuce with some smart serve-volleying and stays strong from deuce to avoid a disaster.
ANDERSON 7-6 4-4 ISNER. Even the players are beginning to look like they are getting themselves ready for the tie break. Ando with ANOTHER love hold to draw level again.
ANDERSON 7-6 3-4 ISNER. Big John is up to 17 aces now. He also holds to love. Shall we just fast forward to a tie break now?
ANDERSON 7-6 3-3 ISNER. Love hold. As you were.
ANDERSON 7-6 2-3 ISNER. Anderson applies some rare pressure with some strong returning. The South African makes deuce and leaves Isner shaking his head and muttering to himself with irritation. Whatever he says to himself works as he brings the heat once more to maintain the scoreboard lead.
ANDERSON 7-6 2-2 ISNER. Ando moves onto 11 aces and eases through a routine service game. TB or not TB that is the question...
ANDERSON 7-6 1-2 ISNER. I blinked and I almost missed that! Isner powers to another perfect hold. The serving procession is very much the case now. Game 3, Set 1 was full of drama and great variety, but the rest of the match has pretty much gone as expected.
Meanwhile, Isner has called a medical time-out and is having some tape applied to what looks like a blister on one of his right fingers.
ANDERSON 7-6 1-1 ISNER. The man nicknamed 'Kev Dog' wastes little time in reaching parity with a hold to 15.
ANDERSON 7-6 0-1 ISNER. Big John gets Set two off to a flyer with a hat-trick of aces to conclude a lightning quick love hold.
SET! - ANDERSON 7-6 ISNER. Big Kev does it! The South African claims the opening set with some dogged defensive work on return to take the TB 8-6.
TB LATEST: Ando breaks back to 4-3 with a crosscourt pass on the run and it remains on serve as Isner moves 6-5 up with a 10th ace. Ando saves the set point with a gigantic overhead. Six apiece.
TB LATEST: Isner leads 4-2 at the change of ends. A thumping crosscourt forehand earns him the mini break.
ANDERSON 6-6 ISNER. No heart palpitations this time. The Isman delivers with a hold to 15 and we are heading into a tie break.
ANDERSON 6-5 ISNER. Anderson serves and volleys brilliantly to pull off another perfect hold and secure himself the minimum of a tie break. He's had just that one blot on his serving copybook so far. Over to Big John now. Will the nerves kick in again or will he take us into the expected tie break?
ANDERSON 5-5 ISNER. A huge 129 mph second serve to the body saves set point for Isner after a double fault at 30-30 have given Ando hope of nicking the opener. The Isman unleashes Big Bertha from deuce and we are level once more.
ANDERSON 5-4 ISNER. Ando cruises to a love hold, taking his ace total to eight so far.
ANDERSON 4-4 ISNER. It would appear that we are all settling into our seats for the tie-break express. There was one unexpected deviation to the route earlier, but as we enter the business end of the set, the rallies have vanished and the serves are dominant.
ANDERSON 4-3 ISNER. Anderson takes his ace tally to six and looks to have found his serving mojo. Looks like Isner may well look back on his game 3 chances at this rate.
ANDERSON 3-3 ISNER. Big Bertha is booming for big John. It's four aces apiece now as the American No.9 seed clinches another simple hold.
ANDERSON 3-2 ISNER. The South African enjoys a much more standard service game as Isner's purple patch on return fizzles out. Anderson takes his seat and asks for a banana and some tablets from the doctor. Interesting.
ANDERSON 2-2 ISNER. Not quite as dramatic for Isner, who corks an ace down the middle T to reach parity after a double fault and a superb Anderson return-winner had made a 40-0 procession a tad more edgy for the American.
ANDERSON 2-1 ISNER. Well, let's hope game 3 isn't the exception to the rule in a match many feel will be a serve-athon. Isner combines wonderful defence with some brutal forehands to crank up real heat on Big Kev. The American has three break points and will be gutted not to have made any count. A piledriver of a forehand just long and an angled volley just wide were two big openings he knows he should have taken. In the end, Anderson digs in and somehow survives an inspired Isner's return game to maintain the scoreboard advantage after a 13-minute examination of his serve.
ANDERSON 1-1 ISNER. Make that 96 straight holds. Anderson threatens with a lovely forehand crosscourt pass on the stretch, but 'the Isman' leans heavily on the serve nicknamed 'Big Bertha' to rattle through the next four points.
ANDERSON 1-0 ISNER. Ando throws in a double fault for starters but recovers in style as a pair of aces and a big forehand help get him on the board with a game to 15.
Here we go then. It's 6ft 8" Anderson serving to 6ft 10" Isner to get us underway.
Isner: "I'm very, very happy to be in this position right now. With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot. I think I can keep doing damage here."
Anderson: "I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine. But also putting myself in these positions where hopefully I'm able to get another step forward and be playing on Sunday."
Ten of their previous 11 meetings have been on outdoor hard courts. The other was on grass at Queens back in 2008. Isner won 7-6 6-4.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Isner currently own the match-up with a 8-3 win record. The American has won the last five encounters, but it's been a while since they locked horns with the most recent coming three years ago at Indian Wells.
Anderson is bidding to reach his second major final after losing to Nadal in last year's US Open. However, it is a first last four appearance at a Grand Slam for Isner, who will be making his Centre Court bow. He is hoping to become the first American to reach a major final since Andy Roddick, runner-up in SW19 in 2009.
Where's Roger? RECAP: Federer succumbed to a shock five-set defeat to Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Hello and welcome to men's semi final day at Wimbledon 2018. Up first on Centre Court, it's a battle of the big servers. Kevin Anderson, who came from two sets down to defeat reigning champion and red-hot favourite Roger Federer in the last eight, takes on the USA's John Isner.