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Wimbledon 2018: Anderson survives six-hour marathon match against Isner to reach Wimbledon final

Anderson survives six-hour marathon match against Isner to reach Wimbledon final

13/07/2018 at 19:47Updated 13/07/2018 at 22:41

Kevin Anderson triumphed in a Wimbledon classic as he beat John Isner in a marathon five-set clash to reach the Grand Slam final.

The longest match ever seen on Centre Court went extraordinarily deep into the fifth set before Anderson broke Isner and served out for the win to seal a 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 26-24 win.

In a match full of booming serves and countless aces, the first three sets were all decided on tie-breaks.

Anderson took the first, with Isner edging the next two to carry a 2-1 lead into the fourth set.

Two medical time-outs for the big American hinted at a chance for Anderson, and the South African took advantage with a big break and serving out to level up at two sets apiece.

"I don't know what to say right now. Just playing like that in those conditions was really tough on both of us. At the end you feel like it's a draw, but someone has to win," an exhausted Anderson said.

" John is a great guy and I really feel for him. If I was on the opposite side I don't know how you can take that playing for so long and coming out short... getting through something like that is quite different."

"I have to recover as much as I can for the final now. It will take time to process it but I'm in the final of Wimbledon and that's a dream come true," he added ahead of Sunday's showpiece against Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

A full but slightly weary Centre Court crowd geared up for a long decider, and on and on and on it went until, after six hours and 35 minutes, Anderson sealed his place in the final.

He will face the winner of Novak Djokovic against Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s match.

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