South African Kevin Anderson beat American John Isner in the Wimbledon’s second longest match in history to reach the men’s final on Sunday. The duo struggled it out for six-hours and 35 minutes before the 8th seed came through 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24. Meanwhile, the last set alone lasted from 2 hours and 50 minutes. The Isner-Anderson clash smashed the previous record of the longest semi-final where Djokovic took 4 hours and 44 minutes to beat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in 2013. This is the third-longest match in tennis history. The longest was 11 hours and 5 minutes involving John Isner and French-men Nicolas Mahut in 2010. The last set of the Isner-Mahut was 70-68 in the first-round match. Anderson, the runner-up to Nadal in 2017 US Open final, becomes the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon decider since Brian Norton in 1921.
In the second men’s semi-final, Djokovic was leading two sets to one when play was suspended at 23:02 BST on Centre Court under the roof lights. Anderson will either play Djokovic or Nadal in Sunday’s final. Djokovic and Nadal will play today to continue their semi-final match before the women’s singles final between Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams at 5.30 PM IST and 13.00 BST.