Kevin Anderson, John Isner play second longest match in Wimbledon history

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic leads in the second semifinal. 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 Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has been suspended.

He was made to wait an hour and 18 minutes longer for his wish to finally come true. Well, considering it went on for six hours and 35 minutes, the short answer is, you don't! At the end, I feel like it's a draw between the two of us but someone has to win. John´s a great guy. "If I was on the opposite side, I don't know how you take it - getting through something like that is quite different". "I'm super happy. To do it here at Wimbledon makes it even a little bit more special".

"I'm trying to get to where he's already been", said Isner, who has won all 95 of his service games this fortnight, thanks in part to a tournament-leading 161 aces.

The marathon tie meant that the Nadal v Djokovic semi-final was to be played under the roof as the light began to fade just after 8pm.

South Africa's tennis gladiator Kevin Anderson was so exhausted after a six-hour 35-minute marathon against John Isner that he was barely able to enjoy the finest moment of his career - reaching the Wimbledon final.

Those named Kevin Anderson are being offered a free "victory feast" for them and two friends - in honour of his three-set victory.


The match lasted more than six hours, making it the longest semi-final match in the history of Wimbledon, and the second-longest in total.

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon.

The 33-year-old American is best known, of course, for beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of an 11-hour, 5-minute match that was contested over three days in Wimbledon's first round in 2010.

Isner has won eight of the 11 professional matches against Anderson and is projected by many to advance from this battle of two of the game's biggest servers. Anderson, who typically shows a reserved demeanor, would frequently fist-pump after winning a point.

The pressure continued to mount on the world No. 1 as Djokovic created another break point opportunity, with his Spanish opponent punching the air with glee after denying the Serb.

But this time he dug deep to break again in the ninth game on his way to levelling the semi-final at two sets apiece.

But not only did Anderson jump back to his feet, the South African astonishingly switched his racket into his left hand and, gripping it half way up the handle, hit a forehand to get the ball back and take the point before he broke and then went on to win the match.

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