Anderson keeps Wimbledon dream alive, reaches final

Isner reaches Wimbledon semi-finals after victory over Raonic

Isner reaches Wimbledon semi-finals after victory over Raonic

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in their men's quarterfinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday July 11, 2018. You try to get into your opponent's return game, so you have some way of getting over the finish line.

He then converted his first match point when Isner sent a shot wide - after 6 hours, 36 minutes.

In 2010 at Wimbledon, Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut played the longest match ever.

Djokovic and Nadal have met more than any two men in the Open Era - 51 times to be exact.

He faced his friend and old college foe Kevin Anderson in the semifinals Friday, where he lost in a game that lasted more than six hours.

The video showed the three-time Wimbledon champion playing marbles with his support team.

Roanic had only been broken three times this Wimbledon previously but Isner doubled that tally alone to triumph 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3.


That mark was set by another five-setter between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in 2013. Anderson won the opening set before Isner bounced back to take the next two.

It will be the second Grand Slam final for Anderson, who reached the final of the US Open a year ago to Rafael Nadal.

After each of his service games, Isner was one game away from the win, which was likely more agonizing than helpful, especially as Anderson continued to pummel aces and winners to bring things back even.

After taking a medical timeout after the third set, Anderson surprisingly broke Isner's serve at 2-all in the fourth.

A semifinal match at Wimbledon has turned into an epic seven-hour battle - but it appears finally to be on the verge of ending.

Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed. Isner took the second set tiebreaker 7-6 (5), punctuating it with an ace.

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